Police officers appear for attempted murder and other crimes

NELSPRUIT – Three police officers appeared at the Mkobola and Belfast Magistrates Court in two separate incidents today, facing charges of attempted murder and contravention of protection order as well as corruption respectively.

In the first incident, a 35 year old police Sergeant, Themba Ntuli, stationed at Middelburg, allegedly went into a house of a certain woman on 04 June 2018 at about 01:15, who had instituted a protection order against him. He allegedly knocked at the bedroom window of the woman calling her name but she never answered, afterwhich she reportedly went and slept in another room when she suddenly heard a number of gunshots being fired. Later on she went to check and discovered that the window was damaged. The matter was then reported to the police and Ntuli was then arrested and charged with attempted murder and contravention of a protection order.

Ntuli appeared at the Mkobola Magistrate’s Court where he was remanded in custody until 11 June 2018, pending a formal bail application.

In the second incident, two police Constables, Sibusiso Hlophe aged 27 and Zaire Mathebula aged 40, stationed at Belfast, were arrested following a charge of corruption and attempted murder laid by a 28 year old man against them.

It is alleged that on 26 May 2018, the complainant was travelling with his vehicle along with other occupants when they suddenly heard gunshots which resulted in the rear window of his car, seat and dashboard being damaged. The duo, who were travelling in a marked police bakkie, are alleged to have taken the driver (the complainant) to the police van and drove with him for a distance before stopping. They are alleged to have asked for a fee for his release. An investigation was launched which led to the apprehension of Hlophe and Mathebula yesterday, following an identification parade.

Hlophe and Mathebula also appeared at the Machado Periodical Court where they were granted a R1 000 bail each and the matter postponed to 20 June 2018, for further investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant Mondli Zuma urge police officials to behave themselves in accordance of the norms and standards of the police as contained in the ethical code of conduct.

Source: South African Police Service