Killer-cop still em­ployed by metro

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THE fam­ily of a man killed by a traf­fic of­fi­cer con­victed of his mur­der six months ago are fu­ri­ous that he is still em­ployed by the City of Ekurhuleni.

The killer-cop, Syd­ney Nk­abinde, even served in the Ekurhuleni mayor’s VIP Pro­tec­tion Unit de­spite the mur­der and cor­rup­tion charges hang­ing over his head.

And Nk­abinde has failed in his bid to of­fer R500 000 com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­ily of the mo­torist he killed dur­ing a bribe quar­rel, in ex­change for a light sen­tence in the high court in Joburg.

The fam­ily of Vuyo Xakane, 28, re­jected Nk­abinde’s of­fer and now want to know why Nk­abinde, who was con­victed of mur­der and cor­rup­tion in De­cem­ber last year, is still em­ployed in Ekurhuleni’s VIP Pro­tec­tion Unit, whose duty is to pro­tect mayor Mzwandile Masina.

Nk­abinde is on ex­tended bail, with sen­tenc­ing ex­pected to be handed down next month.

The de­ceased’s mother, My­lene Sit­shoni, said the fam­ily did not have to think twice about turn­ing down his of­fer of com­pen­sa­tion.

“We had to re­ject the of­fer. It was easy to do it. Had we ac­cepted, it would mean that we ac­cept that a per­son could kill an­other per­son, com­pen­sate the vic­tim’s fam­ily and then walk away.

“That’s wrong,” Sit­shoni said yes­ter­day.

“My son is dead. How am I sup­posed to tell his chil­dren that the fam­ily ac­cepted money for his death?” the mother asked.

She added that the de­ceased’s three-year-old son was told that his fa­ther had died in a car ac­ci­dent.

Ekurhuleni metro po­lice de­part­ment (EMPD) spokesper­son Wil­fred Kgasago con­firmed that Nk­abinde was still in their em­ploy, but that a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing had been held to de­ter­mine his fu­ture.

Said Kgasago: “The in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the mat­ter was fi­nalised about three months ago. The chair­per­son ap­pointed will make his fi­nal de­ci­sion as soon as he has re­ceived all the pa­per­work per­tain­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tions and the ar­gu­ments sub­mit­ted by the of­fi­cer’s de­fence team.

“Of­fi­cer Nk­abinde has been re­de­ployed to do ad­min­is­tra­tive work at one of the EMPD of­fices,” he added.

Nk­abinde is a dec­o­rated of­fi­cer, hav­ing worked as a for­mer po­lice in­for­mant and in the VIP Pro­tec­tion Unit. He also worked for the Ekurhuleni metro as su­per­vi­sor of the metro’s free­way unit.

And he su­per­vised the es­cort­ing of in­ter­na­tional teams dur­ing the 2010 Fifa World Cup as well as for­eign pres­i­dents. One of his re­cent jobs was to es­cort Judge Colin La­mont to court af­ter he re­ceived death threats dur­ing the trial of Czech fugi­tive Radovan Kre­j­cir, which Judge La­mont presided over.

In Jan­uary 2015, Nk­abinde stopped a sus­pect Mer­cedes-Benz be­ing driven by Xakane with two pas­sen­gers on the N3 near Al­ber­ton. The of­fi­cer wanted to is­sue Xakane with a speed­ing fine, but the oc­cu­pants wanted to of­fer him a bribe in the form of a stolen cam­era. There was also house­break­ing equip­ment in the car.

The driver took the cam­era out of the car with the in­ten­tion of brib­ing him, but the po­lice of­fi­cer shot him mul­ti­ple times. The driver died en route to hos­pi­tal.

“The EMPD of­fi­cer con­tin­ued shoot­ing at the flee­ing car, now driven by one of the pas­sen­gers. The cam­era was found in the po­lice­man’s ve­hi­cle,” said In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate spokesper­son Moses Dlamini.

Nk­abinde’s at­tor­ney Clarence Botha shocked the court last week when he asked that his client be given a cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion sen­tence in ex­change for us­ing R500 000 from his pen­sion to sup­port the de­ceased’s fam­ily.

Botha said the money could be put in a trust and would be use­ful to help the de­ceased’s mother, whose only source of in­come was from a taxi that her son had left be­hind.

The com­pen­sa­tion was ini­tially sug­gested in the pre-sen­tence re­port com­piled by a pri­vate so­cial worker, Elza Cil­liers, which was also ques­tioned by the court.

For­mer Ekurhuleni mayor Duma Nkosi, who worked with the ac­cused, de­scribed him as an ex­cel­lent em­ployee.

Slain mo­torist’s fam­ily fu­ri­ous that he hasn’t been fired

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