eNgcobo police killing suspects in court for bail hearing

File: Members of the Ngcobo community in the Eastern Cape gathered outside the local magistrate's court. The bail hearing for four of the six people accused of killing Ngcobo police officers will resume on Thursday. Photo: SAPS/ANA

ENGCOBO - The bail hearing for four of the six people accused of killing Ngcobo police officers is expected to resume in the Ngcobo Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Andani Monco, 30, Kwanele Ndlwana, 22, Siphosomzi Tshefu, 23, Siphesihle Tatsi, 19, Phuthumile Mancoba, 31, and Phumzile Mhlatywa, 46, are facing five counts of murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

They are accused of carrying out the attack on the Ngcobo police station where five police officers were killed. Off-duty soldier, Fred Mphandeni was shot and died in hospital, however, none of the suspects have been linked to his murder.

Bodies of two officers were found dumped along the road about four kilometres away from the police station and few meters away from the Mancoba home where most of the suspects were arrested.

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Police raided Mancoba home which is also the gathering for Seven Angels Church on February 23, and arrested 10 suspects, seven others died during the shoot-out with police and three were admitted to hospital.

They also recovered weapons that were stolen from the police station during the robbery. Suspects made off with 10 firearms. More than 100 people were rescued and evacuated to places of safety while some have since been linked with their families.

Police have added sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and sexual grooming of young women to the list of crimes they are investigating.

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Monco and Tatsi abandoned their bail application, while Ndlwana and Tshefu are expected to apply to represent themselves in the bail hearing. Mancoba has applied for a legal aid lawyer to represent him.

The State indicated that it will oppose the bail.

African News Agency

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