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N2 cop murder case postponed to September

Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan are charged with murder and robbery.

FILE: Police and forensic experts at the scene where a police officer was stabbed to death in an attack on the N2 highway. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two men implicated in the murder of a police officer on the N2 highway have made their second appearance in the Somerset West Magistrates Court.

The matter was on the role today for legal aid representatives to come on record for Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan.

The two, both in their twenties , were arrested hours after 50-year-old warrant officer Petrus Holz was robbed and stabbed to death on the highway near Macassar last week.

Hendricks and Ryan have abandoned their bail applications.

The case has been postponed to September.

The court heard a post-mortem report is still outstanding.

They have been charged with murder and robbery, while Hendricks faces a third charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances relating to a separate matter.

A group of Macassar residents packed the public gallery, saying attacks along the N2 highway have gotten out of hand.

LISTEN: Brigadier Vish Naidoo speaks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about a report that has revealed 54 South African Police Service members have been killed since the beginning of this year, an increase by over 10% on the same period last year.