News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday November 17th 2018

Bail for alleged murder cops

Sandiso Phaliso

Eight police offices facing charges in connection with the death of a suspect in custody were granted bail of R500 each by the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last week, with strict conditions attached to their release.

The eight accused are alleged to have beaten Sivuyile Mnyanda (22) to death while he was in police custody after being arrested for robbery on September 28.

Presiding magistrate Patrick Menyiwe effectively banned the accused from entering Site C in Khayelitsha, where Mnyanda was arrested, and warned them to attend court proceedings until the case has been finalised.

“You are ordered not to set your foot, whether on duty or lesiure, in Site C,” said Menyiwe.

He said the accused should “forget or not even think or plan” to go near state witnesses, some of whom live in Site C.

He further warned the accused to “seriously and religiously” meet their bail conditions.

Menyiwe did not give detailed reasons for his decision to grant bail, except to say that while the court was tempted not to give bail, this would mean the accused would have to remain in custody until next year.

The decision brought to an end an extended eight day bail application.

Giving evidence in the bail application earlier in the day, Captain Achmat Adams, who heads Site-B police station’s Rapid Response and Training Unit, to which the accused were all attached, assured the court the police officers would no longer work in the Site-C area if they were granted bail.

The eight police officers, six of whom are reservists, face charges of murder, common assault, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievously bodily harm, defeating the ends of justice, housebreaking, and discharging a firearm.

They have not yet pleaded, but have indicated to the court that they will plead not guilty.

Advocate Stanley O’Brien appeared for the accused. The state prosecutor was Vukile Gontsana.

The case has been postponed to December 3.- West Cape News

Tags: Khayelitsha, saps

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