The two men and a woman who were arrested on Friday night for the murder of a Standerton traffic officer were denied bail on Wednesay.
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said they gathered outside the Standerton Magistrates Court on Wednesday in support of their member as well as an end to police killings in South Africa.
“We are quite happy currently that the three accused were all denied bail because we saw them as a flight risk as they were caught at the border of Lesotho. They could have run away,” POPCRU national spokesman Richard Mamabolo told 013NEWS.
The traffic officer (37), identified as ‘Inspector AB Nkumba’, was shot three times while allegedly trying to issue traffic fines to the three occupants of a black Jeep Compass with Lesotho number plates at around 3pm on Friday. By 10pm they were arrested in the town of Ladybrand in Free State, near the Lesotho border.
“We hope that justice will prevail for us. We can only hope that they are found guilty by the court of law and therefore get rehabilitatory terms.
“Like we have been saying before that we take exception with the level of police killings that have been happening in the country and wish that the courts punish those who are found guilty of such acts”, Mamabolo said.
When the trio’s car was stopped and searched, by Ladybrand cops, on the Friday night, as it was attempting to cross the border, a firearm, live ammunition and a traffic fine book was found in the car and the three were arrested on the spot.
The three first appeared in Free State’s Ladybrand Magistrates Court on Monday morning to face the charges of possession of unlicensed firearm as well as theft of state property and were then transported from Free State to Mpumalanga’s Standerton Magistrates Court where the murder charge was added.
They will be back in court on 29 August.
(edited by MM)