3 officers charged with murder in 'execution' case

The 4th officer was only charged with defeating the ends of justice & was released on bail yesterday.

Screengrab of police officers who have been arrested for the murder of 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza, who was caught by police for an attempted robbery.

JOHANNESBURG - Police unions and the Krugersdorp community are divided about the behavior of three officers charged with the murder of suspected robber Khulekani Mpanza, with the shooting being captured by CCTV cameras.

A fourth officer was only charged with defeating the ends of justice, and was released on bail on Tuesday.

The South African Police Union (Sapu)'s Peter Ntsime says they're supporting the officers and are even helping to pay their legal costs.

"We'd have loved the management of the South African Police Service to get on board and give the support to these officers."

But another police union, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it's deeply concerned about the police's behavior, as officers should have contacted emergency services instead of shooting Mpanza.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid)'s Grace Langa says officers know the boundaries all too well.

"Members of the public can vent their frustrations and anger, but the police know very well they are the ones who attended training."

Tensions ran high inside and outside court on Tuesday, where community members attended the police officers' first appearance.