Cops in 'execution' case granted bail

The officers accused of killing Khulekani Mpanza have been granted bail of R6,000 each.

FILE: Titus Mabela, Jason Segole and Puleng Sebetwa in court. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Three Krugersdorp police officers charged with the murder of a robbery suspect have been granted bail of R6,000 each.

The group is accused of killing 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza last month. Mpanza was seen on CCTV footage lying on a pavement before being shot.

The police officers are expected back in court on 25 February next year.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said, "As a department we feel that the purpose of the arrest is just to bring the suspects to court, not necessarily to punish them. We now think there is nothing wrong with them getting bail."

Last month, the court denied bail to the three officers, while a fourth officer was granted bail of R5,000.

Earlier this year, during a separate incident, eight Daveyton police officers were convicted of the murder of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia after a video of the officers dragging him behind a police van went viral.

President Jacob Zuma and the South African Police Service have come under attack from Democratic Alliance members of Parliament who blame the African National Congress for incidents of police brutality in the country.