Ex cop, in­for­mants get life terms

One sus­pect was tor­tured un­til he passed out. The po­lice of­fi­cers then took the sus­pect to a hos­pi­tal where he was cer­ti­fied dead

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - DIKELEDI RAMABOPA dikeledir@the­newage.co.za

A FOR­MER con­sta­ble and two po­lice in­for­mants were yes­ter­day sen­tenced to three life terms and 18 years in prison by the North Gaut­eng High Court for the kid­nap­ping, tor­ture and mur­der of sus­pected crim­i­nals.

The con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing fol­lows an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid), af­ter the bod­ies of three mur­der sus­pects, tor­tured and ex­e­cuted by the po­lice of­fi­cers and their in­for­mants in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, were found in an iso­lated area of Car­letonville in May 2015.

Const Jim Maphale was the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer in the mur­der case against Thabiso Mthembu, Andile Ndlovu and Tshepo Henry Nh­lapo.

Ipid na­tional spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said the three men were iden­ti­fied as murderers by in­for­mants Mpho Matlala and Lwazi Dlanga­mandla.

“One sus­pect was tor­tured un­til he passed out,” Dlamini said.

“The po­lice of­fi­cer then took the sus­pect to a hos­pi­tal where he was cer­ti­fied dead. They drove around with the body in their ve­hi­cle and took the other sus­pects to a field in Car­letonville to cover up the ev­i­dence. The po­lice of­fi­cers shot the three sus­pects, but one es­caped and was picked up by a passer-by who took him to hos­pi­tal.”

Dlamini said one of the in­for­mants ap­proached the po­lice and the mat­ter was re­ported to the Ipid.

“Po­lice un­der the lead­er­ship of the com­mis­sioner, Gen Le­setja Moth­iba, as­sisted in trac­ing the po­lice of­fi­cer who had ab­sconded. It was es­tab­lished that some of the in­for­mants had been part of the killings,” he said.

The two con­sta­bles who were based at Springs as de­tec­tives and two civil­ians had been on trial since May 22. One con­sta­ble was ac­quit­ted of all charges.

They were con­victed of three counts of mur­der, one count of at­tempted mur­der, one count of as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, one count of kid­nap­ping and one count of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

JAILED: The North Gaut­eng High Court im­posed long sen­tences on a killer cop and his two in­for­mant ac­com­plices af­ter an Ipid probe.

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