Sapu: Officers in Krugersdorp ‘execution’ need support

Four cops have been suspended after being involved in the death of Khulekani Mpanza.

FILE: Four police officers accused of the murder of 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza hide their faces in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on 3 November 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Union (Sapu) says the four Krugersdorp officers implicated in the "execution style" killing of a suspected criminal need moral and legal support.

Last week, a video surfaced showing the shooting of 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza by police while he lay wounded on the ground after he had fired eight shots at the officers in a business robbery.

The four cops have been suspended from the service.

Sapu's Mpho Kwinika has called on members of the public not to judge the officers harshly.

"We are not supporting the issue of people that are being killed. We are saying people should not judge those police officers outright. I'm taught as a police officer to treat every suspect as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

Meanwhile, a second video clip emerged on Thursday relating to the case.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) told members of Parliament that officials became aware of the existence of the video this week, but investigators have yet to verify its authenticity.

Ipid's Robbie Raburabu said the latest video was recorded on a cellphone and shows the suspect shooting at police.

"The second video that actually came to the fore on Monday was the video where it shows the man moving from the business premises where he conducted the robbery. It shows him running away from police and also shooting at the police vehicle - that part of the video we don't have."