Maswanganyi murder suspects could apply for bail

The state will for the first time reveal details of the case it has against the men.

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

PRETORIA - The four men accused of murdering Johannesburg Central Police Cluster Commander Tirhani Maswanganyi are expected to apply for bail on Tuesday.

The major general's half-naked body was found bound and dumped in a field outside Pretoria last month.

Three weeks after their arrest the public will find out who exactly is accused of murdering Maswanganyi. The four men are likely to submit affidavits explaining their personal circumstances, where they live and are employed.

Because of the seriousness of the crime, the accused will have to show exceptional circumstances why they should be released on bail.

The state will for the first time also reveal details of the case it has against the men.

Earlier this month the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court ordered Correctional Services to provide medical treatment to three of the four men accused of murdering Maswanganyi.

Three of the suspects had complained that since their arrest they have been denied medical treatment after they were allegedly assaulted by police officers.

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.

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

Meanwhile, a seventh police officer has been killed in the Western Cape in less than two months.

The officer was shot at his home in Mitchells Plain.