Krugersdorp 'execution' case: Cops denied bail
The group is accused of killing alleged criminal Khulekani Mpanza.
JOHANNESBURG - The Krugersdorp Magistrates Court has denied bail to three police officers accused of murdering a criminal suspect.
The group is accused of killing Khulekani Mpanza, who was seen on CCTV video footage lying on a pavement before being shot.
#KrugersdorpPolice Magistrate Keith Page says the state prosecutor presented a confusing argument not opposing bail. MK
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Titus Mabela, Jason Segole and Puleng Sebetwa will remain behind bars until 2 December.
Their colleague, Dipuo Chipu, was charged with defeating the ends of justice and released on bail last week.
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During proceedings, the magistrate said the police officers had the opportunity to arrest a suspect instead of shooting him.
After listening to advocates representing the three suspended officers, Magistrate Keith Page told the court the CCTV footage showed the suspect with his hands covering his face while lying on the ground.
He said at this point, the officers had ample opportunity to successfully arrest him and that an excessive degree of violence was exerted in this incident.
Page said the three accused posed no flight risk and it was unlikely they would interfere with evidence if bail were to be granted.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has said although the South African Police Services respected the legal and disciplinary processes in the case of the accused, it supported the group and would not abandon them.
Mothiba said police were fully trained and knew what they were doing on the job.