News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday September 19th 2019

Murder accused cops denied bail

Four policemen charged with murder are to remain behind bars following their bail application at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court being postponed yesterday.

The four policeman, Sibusiso Zwane, Simo Mazikwane, Liven Mbuwako and Siboniso Mbhele, are charged with the brutal killing of Zamoxolo Zozo on January 8 after they responded to a domestic violence call.

Zozo was allegedly taken from his home after his wife called the Samora Machel police station to complain that he was beating her.

Spokesperson for the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) which is investigating the matter, Mpendulo Nkentana, told Magistrate Keith le Keur that the four accused allegedly took Zozo to the police station where they viciously assaulted him – in front of his wife – with golf clubs, hosepipes and fists.

Nketana told the court the four officers had been suspended pending the finalization of the court case.

Nkentana said the police backie used to transport Zozo to the state mortuary was stained with blood.

He opposed bail on the grounds that state witnesses, some of which are also policemen, would be intimidated if the four accused were granted bail.

He said the community members had also indicated to him that they were opposing bail and the South African National Civic Organisations (Sanco) had written a letter to him outlining the reasons why the four accused should be kept locked up.

Nkentana told the court that his investigations showed that the victim had been apologetic about his violence towards his wife rather than aggressive about it at the time of his arrest and the policemen had no cause to assault him.

Lawyer for Mazikwane and Mbuwakho, Hazel Geduld, put it to Nkentana that her clients did not participate in the assault and only came to the scene to assist in arresting Zozo.

Mbhele’s lawyer, Sharon Cupido, said her client was a first time offender, was not a flight risk and that he had cooperated with the police, thus he should be granted bail.

However, le Keur postponed the bail application hearings to tomorrow. – Sandiso Phaliso

Tags: Athlone Magistrate’s Court, Hazel Geduld, Independent Complaints Directorate, Liven Mbuwako, Magistrate Keith le Keur, Mpendulo Nkentana, Samora Machel police station, Sharon Cupido, Siboniso Mbhele, Sibusiso Zwane, Simo Mazikwane, South African National Civic Organisations, Zamoxolo Zozo

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