Suspected Mbongolwane cop killers in court

FOUR suspects linked to the killing of a police officer at Mbongolwane appeared in the eShowe Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The accused withdrew their bail applications and were remanded in custody until 19 January.

Their arrests followed intensive investigations which traced them to eSikhaleni.

It was established that two of the suspects, Mhlakayifani Mpho Mathonsi (22) and Mbongiseni Madwa Thusini (21), were previously arrested for a business robbery in Mbongolwane in 2014.

Following their 2014 court appearance, they were released on bail, but flouted their bail conditions and warrants for their arrests were issued.

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The latest incident relates to the killing of Constable Jabulani Mavundla on 15 November.

Mavundla, stationed at Mbongolwane police station, responded to a robbery complaint in the Maqhogo area.

On their way back to the station, they were ambushed by the criminals, who opened fire on them.

Constable Mavundla was shot and lost control of his vehicle, which hit nearby trees.

He died on the scene, while his colleague was taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspects stole Mavundla’s service pistol and a rifle before fleeing.

Charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery were opened at the Mbongolwane police station.

 

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Larry Bentley
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