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Residents demonstrate against bail for suspected cop killer

Imizamo Yethu residents demonstrated against a Namibian national receiving bail after being accused of killing two police officers in the township on Friday last week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Imizamo Yethu residents demonstrated against a Namibian national receiving bail after being accused of killing two police officers in the township on Friday last week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

17.10.2012

More than 50 Imizamo Yethu residents marched outside the Wynberg court yesterday demanding a 27-year-old Namibia man accused of killing two police officers last Friday be kept in custody.

The residents from the Hout Bay township carried placards saying ‘no bail for cop killer’.

Constables Mandisi Nduku, 27, and Phindiwe Nikani, 26, were shot while on patrol in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, on Friday night. Nikani died on the scene and Nduku died later in hospital.

The accused appeared briefly in front of Magistrate van Eeden to face two charges of murder.

Before the suspect was called to the dock the court was adjourned in order for everyone inside the court to be searched for weapons.

Police in court carrying firearms were ordered hand them over to court security.

State Prosecutor Andile Thembani told the court that the suspect, who lives in Imizamo Yethu, was seen by eye-witness arguing with the police officers after the suspect had blocked the road with his BMW.

Thembani said witness saw that the accused was carrying a gun and minutes later heard gun shots.

There was tension inside the court when the accused wanted to know who was to testify that he was the killer.

The accused said he would defend himself.

“I came here in March from Namibia to buy myself a car and house, now I do not have money. I will defend myself. I want to question those who said I killed the cop,” he said.

The murder of SAPS officers Nduku and Nikani came a day after Metro Police officer Mphumelelo Xakekile, 50, was shot dead while ticketing a taxi in Khayelitsha.

Another police officer was shot and wounded on Tuesday night in Belhar.

Warrant Officer November Filander said a 29-year-old police sergeant was shot in the stomach by three “suspicious-looking men” in Belhar on Tuesday night.

The police officer had got out of his vehicle to stop the men on the corner of De Mist and Anreith streets, when they fired several shots. The three, aged 18 to 24, ran away and were arrested soon after. An attempted murder case has been opened.

Imizamo Yethu residents protesting outside the Wynberg court yesterday said if the accused was released on bail he would be killed if he returned to Hout Bay.

Popcru Provincial Secretary Mncedisi Mbolekwa supported the demonstrators, saying the accused must not be granted bail.

“We want him behind bars, attacks on the police, are attacks on the state. We will make sure he doesn’t get bail or residents will be forced to take law into their own hands.”

Van Eeden postponed the case in order for an interpreter to be found for the accused.

“We will get an interpreter that speaks your language, because this is a very serious case. The state is already opposing you from getting a bail,” said van Eeden. – Nombulelo Damba

Tags: Andile Thembani, Imizamo Yethu, Magistrate van Eeden, Mandisi Nduku, Mncedisi Mbolekwa, November Filander, Phindiwe Nikani

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