Cop 'killers' to get medical treatment

Correctional Services has been ordered to ensure the accused get the medical treatment they deserve.

Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, whose body was found in a field near Wallmansthal. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The Pretoria North Magistrates court has ordered Correctional Services to provide medical treatment to three of four men accused of murdering Johannesburg central's cluster commander Tirhani Maswanganyi.

The major general's body was found half-naked and bound in a field along the R101, north of Pretoria in June.

The accused made a brief appearance on Friday.

Three of the four accused have complained that since their arrest, when they claim they were assaulted by police officers, they have been denied medical treatment.

When they appeared in court on Monday it was arranged that they would see a doctor, but on Friday it emerged that the prison services continued to deny them treatment.

A Correctional Services official testified that all inmates have 24-hour access to senior medical personnel.

The magistrate placed it on record that the official would personally see to it that the accused receive the necessary care.

The matter resumes at the end of the month for a formal bail application.

On Monday, a state prosecutor told the court that Maswanganyi's murder was premeditated, but a motive has not yet been disclosed.

In June, a police patrol found Maswanganyi's abandoned Isuzu bakkie next to the R101. A police uniform and police identification card was in the bakkie which prompted a search.

Maswanganyi's body was found with his hands and feet tied in a field near Hammanskraal.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has condemned police killings. He says they hamper with the fight against crime.