Flying Squad cops charged over robbery and kidnap drama
TWO FLYING Squad police officers charged with robbery and the kidnapping of a Salt River café owner have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.
It is alleged that Chumani Madyibi, 35, of Eerste River and Welcome Magqazama, 32, of Kraaifontein, along with four others, robbed the owner of Bismilah General Dealer at gunpoint around 8pm on Monday, abducting him and dumping him in Langa.
It is also alleged the men searched the premises for drugs, assaulted the owner, stole R3 500 in cash and airtime vouchers worth R4 500 and cigarettes valued at R6 500.
The owner has asked that his identity be withheld.
Madyibi and Magqazama were arrested on Wednesday but their four alleged accomplices are still at large.
Prosecutor Karin Barnard yesterday requested the case be postponed for two weeks so an identity parade could be held, and to allow time for the police to arrest the other men.
She said the State was opposing bail.
“The accused are police officers and the risk exists that they may interfere with the case and tamper with evidence,” she said.
She also requested that the men remain in custody at Woodstock police station.
Madyibi’s lawyer, who would only give his surname of Celetshe, objected to the postponement, saying an ID parade could not be used as a tool to secure a postponement.
“The ID parade is a non- issue, they (the accused) were in possession of warrants and went to search the complainants who are known to them,” Celetshe said.
Attorney Afzal Vallie, representing Magqazama, said the State had had sufficient time to hold the ID parade and also objected to the postponement.
“If the State wants an ID parade, the State can make it a (bail) condition.
“Bail cannot be denied because the State wants to investigate the case further.”
Barnard said two ID parades had been scheduled but because the accused were not “satisfied” with the people in the line-up, a third parade had to be arranged.
“It is not the State’s fault the ID parade hasn’t taken place.”
Magistrate Vusi Mhlanga postponed the case to Friday.