‘Execution’ case: Popcru cautions cops not to strike

Some Saps members threatened to down tools and close stations when the accused were denied bail.

FILE: Titus Mabela, Jason Segole and Puleng Sebetwa in court during their bail application for allegedly killing Khulekani Mpanza. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has cautioned officers not to strike after three policemen were denied bail in connection with the killing of a suspect last month.

They have been charged with murder after CCTV footage surfaced last month showing the officers shooting the suspected robber.

A fourth policemen was only charged with defeating the ends of justice.

Members of the police, Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans, Popcru and other groups have come out in support of the Krugersdorp officers accused of killing Khulekani Mpanza.

Emotions then ran high when bail was denied.

Some South African Police Services' (Saps) members threatened to down tools and close police stations.

However, Popcru's Zizamele Cebekhulu says the union will try to prevent this.

"We'll try by all means to talk to members of the Saps not to down tools because it is not a solutions."

Magistrate Keith Page says the CCTV footage shows the officers using what he calls "extensive violence" when killing Mpanza and they could have successfully arrested him.

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Popcru says it will also contest the decision by the court that denied bail to the three murder accused. officers

Cebekhulu says it has established a national executive program that will deal with the matter amongst others.

"In this programme we'll be informed about what happened in court and it is a sustainable programme that we are going to enter into until the Cosatu congress. Then we will put our case to Cosatu and take it from there."