Police brutality case: Decision to grant cop bail is ‘fair’

Constable Dipuo Chipo has been granted R5,000 bail after she was charged with defeating the ends of justice.

FILE: Three male colleagues are facing an additional charge, that of murder. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG- The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), says the Krugersdorp Magistrates Courts decision to grant bail to one of four officers implicated in the killing of a man lying wounded on a pavement is 'fair'.

Constable Dipuo Chipo has been granted R5,000 bail after she was charged with defeating the ends of justice, while her three male colleagues are facing an additional charge, that of murder.

CCTV footage shows suspected robber Khulekani Mpanza being shot dead, lying on his side while his gun was out of reach.

Ipid's Grace Langa says the court's decision not to charge Chipo with murder along with her three colleagues is 'just', as she was nowhere near the crime scene when the shooting happened.

Tensions ran high inside and outside of court, with officers in plain clothes supporting their colleagues in the dock.

Langa says they will not allow this to influence the investigation.

"People are giving us attitude, but we are used to this; it is not the first time."

Chipo covered her face with a pink scarf and white sunglasses as she briefly appeared in the dock alongside her three male colleagues this afternoon.

Earlier this year, eight Daveyton police officers were convicted of the murder of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia after a video of the officers dragging him behind a police van went viral.