Krugersdorp 'execution' case: Police unions support colleagues

Police unions have come out in support of four officers who are accused of killing a suspected robber.

"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 - Policing unions say they believe officials are being unfairly treated and sidelined by members of the public.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and South African Policing Union (Sapu) have called on members of the public to support four police officers accused the execution style killing of a suspected criminal.

Last week, a video surfaced showing the shooting of 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza by police after an alleged business robbery in Krugersdorp.

Popcru's Richard Mamabolo says the union supports the four officers.

"We will be going out in numbers to support them. We feel that the SAPS has not done justice in suspending the station commander in Krugersdorp."

Sapu's Mpho Kwinika says while the union doesn't support Mpanza's killing, South Africa has a responsibility to protect officers who are often victimised.

"We have 64 police officers killed in this country. We need to start a debate around issues which are going to help curb crime in this country."

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

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