Fly­ing Squad cops charged over rob­bery and kid­nap drama

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JADE WIT­TEN

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.

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