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First on EWN: Cop execution suspect was out on bail for killing another cop

Police are trying to establish why suspected cop killer Themba Tshabalala was out on bail.

Red Golf used by suspects believed to have been involved in the killing of two cops in Dobsonville. Two of the suspects were fatally wounded on 10 September 2015, a day after teh cops were killed. Picture: @SAPoliceService.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have confirmed to Eyewitness News that a case of defeating the ends of justice has been opened to establish why a suspected cop killer was released on bail prior to killing two more officers in Dobsonville.

The two detectives were shot dead last week when a gang of about eight men attacked them after they had left a court in Soweto.

On Thursday, police tracked down two of the suspects before killing them in a shootout.

It was then discovered one of them was linked to numerous violent crimes.

A careless blunder or blatant corruption, either way police are unable to explain how or why a suspected cop killer had been released on bail.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says Themba Tshabalala was on trial for the murder of a policeman and an ATM bombing in the North West in February last year, as well as several armed robberies in Gauteng.

"Police have opened a case of defeating the ends of justice because at this stage we don't know how he was taken out of prison or applied for bail. In the North West, he was charged with the murder of a police officer at an ATM bombing. In Gauteng there are several cases of armed robbery as well as possession of an illegal firearm."

Tshabalala was released on R3,000 bail in July, barely two months before he and his gang murdered the two detectives in Dobsonville.

Nearly 60 police officers have been killed since the start of the year.

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