Ipid: Police unions should stop raising race card

Popcru says it’s disappointed and went on to call the magistrate in the Khulekani Mpanza case racist.

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 Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says police unions should stop playing the race card.

This comes after the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) slammed Magistrate Keith Page for denying bail to three officers charged with murdering a suspect.

Popcru says it's disappointed and doesn't accept the ruling and went on to call the magistrate racist.

But Ipid has come out in support of page.

Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa said, "Because what the magistrate said did not satisfy them, they are raising the racial card and it's unfair."

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Yesterday, Ipid said the magistrate's decision to deny bail to the officers charged was fair.

The group is accused of killing Khulekani Mpanza, who was seen on CCTV video footage lying on a pavement before being shot.

A fourth officer was granted bail of R5,000 on Tuesday while her three colleagues were denied bail in the Krugersdorp Magistrate Court on Friday.

Titus Mabela, Jason Segole and Puleng Sebetwa used clothing to hide their faces throughout proceedings in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court.