The five men accused of the brutal murder of two members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) made a brief appearance in Itsoseng Magistrates’ Court in the northwest on Friday (July 30). The accused allegedly locked Constable Simon Ntsekeletsa and Sergeant Mojalefa Molete in the back of their service vehicle and set it on fire.
ALLEGED POLICE KILLERS APPEAR IN COURT
SAPS spokesman Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, Benjamin Jacobs, 42, Jeremiah Mongale, 26, Rapulana Keikantse, 25, and Matthews Modukanele, 20, briefly appeared in court on charges of murder, malicious property damage and possession of a stolen firearm.
The fifth defendant is a minor and appeared separately in juvenile court, police said.
The five men were arrested by the Hawks on July 27, a day after the alleged murder. The deceased police allegedly spotted the accused in a vehicle loaded with suspected goats and escorted them back to the Mareetsane police station, according to the latest communication SAPS had with the police, but they never did.
“On July 27, 2021, the police were alerted by members of the community to bloodstains on the road leading to the police station,” Rikhotso said.
“During the site visit, a knife and a police badge belonging to one of the deceased were found and a second badge was found near the road to Mareetsane. Further investigations led the team to a burnt down state vehicle in which the bodies of the deceased police were discovered. “
The suspects were found in possession of a 9mm pistol taken from deceased police officers, which was confiscated with a hammer, bloodstained clothing and a vehicle, as part of the investigation.
The defendants were remanded in custody and the case was postponed to August 5 for a formal request for release on bail.
“We certainly hope that the families of our deceased police officers will find solace in the arrest of suspects and look forward to successful prosecutions for these criminal acts,” said Hawks boss Lt. General Godfrey Lebeya.
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