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'Kidnap' cops fire lawyer

By Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi | Jan 27, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FOUR of the eight police officers on kidnap charges have fired their lawyer.

The decision by the officers - constables Patience Manganyi, Richard Maswanganyi, Mlindeni Mntambo and Elijah Ndlela - has forced the court to postpone the matter again.

The four and Captain Rosta Muthaphuli, Jane Mavuna and constables Gift Masheze and Mpumelelo Memela - and informant Albert Selepe - are charged with kidnapping, assault, armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

It is alleged that Muthaphuli received a call from Selepe informing her about a Nigerian druglord operating at Maponya Mall in Klipspruit, Soweto.

Muthaphuli, Mavuna and Manganyi went to the mall and called for "back-up". The man, his wife and mother-in-law were allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and intimidated.

The nine are out on R5 000 bail each. The case was postponed to February 26.


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