Three in murder of Mpumalanga traffic officer denied bail

The two men and a woman who were arrested on Friday night for themurder 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 oftheir member as well as an end to police killings in South Africa.

“We are quite happy currently that the three accused were all deniedbail because we saw them as a flight risk as they were caught at theborder of Lesotho. They could have run away,” POPCRU nationalspokesman Richard Mamabolo told 013NEWS.

The traffic officer (37), identified as ‘Inspector AB Nkumba’, wasshot three times while allegedly trying to issue traffic fines to thethree occupants of a black Jeep Compass with Lesotho number plates ataround 3pm on Friday. By 10pm they were arrested in the town ofLadybrand in Free State, near the Lesotho border.

“We hope that justice will prevail for us. We can only hope that theyare found guilty by the court of law and therefore get rehabilitatory terms.

“Like we have been saying before that we take exception with the levelof police killings that have been happening in the country and wishthat 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 theFriday 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 werearrested on the spot.

The three first appeared in Free State’s Ladybrand Magistrates Courton Monday morning to face the charges of possession of unlicensedfirearm as well as theft of state property and were then transportedfrom Free State to Mpumalanga’s Standerton Magistrates Court wherethe murder charge was added.

They will be back in court on 29 August.

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3 who shot dead Mpumalanga traffic cop caught within hours at Lesotho border

Two men and a woman who shot dead an on-duty Standerton traffic officer on Friday afternoon were arrested by 10pm on the same Friday as theytried to cross the Lesotho border.

The traffic officer (37) died instantly after being shot three timeswhile he was trying to issue fines for violation of traffic laws ataround 3pm on Friday.

Free State police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Thandi Mbambo saidimmediately after the incident they were tipped off to be on thelookout for a black Jeep Compass with three occupants.

A car fitting the description with Lesotho number plates was stoppedand searched in Maseru border post at around 9.30pm.

“During the search we found a R.A.P 401 firearm, ammunition and atraffic fine book,” Mbambo told 013NEWS on Sunday.

“They were arrested and charged with the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as theft of state property,” she said.

Mbambo added that the three will first appear in Free State’s LadybrandMagistrates Court on Monday before being transported to Mpumalanga’sStanderton Magistrates Court, where the additional murder charge willbe added.

(edited by MM)