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THE case against six men, who include a KwaZulu-Natal police officer, accused of killing three policemen, has been postponed to next Tuesday by the Middelburg magistrate's court.

Nkosingimele Langa, Lindokuhle Nxumalo, Victor Nxumalo, Phumulani Langa, Zikhethele Mahobo and Nimrod Maharaj were remanded in custody on Mondayfor police to do further investigations.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said yesterday that Langa, who is originally from KwaZulu-Natal, was arrested early this month in Green Village, Soweto.

Nxumalo was arrested in Zola, Soweto, where he was found in possession of an igniter cord, a gun and several rounds of ammunition.

The third suspect, Nxumalo, was nabbed in Jabulani in Soweto.

He was also found in possession of a pistol, arms cache with explosive residue and an AK47.

The other three suspects were also arrested in Soweto. They were also found in possession of dangerous firearms.

Hlathi said police have also seized a BMW believed to have been used on the day the officers were killed.

He said their investigations revealed that Maharaj was a police officer stationed at Newcastle Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal.

The suspects have been linked to the murder of Constable Tebogo Maroga, Constable Joseph Molefe and reservist Sabelo Ngwenya, who were shot dead on April 25 while on routine patrol in Amersfoort.

Molefe and Maroga died at the scene, while Ngwenya died before reaching hospital.

The men were arrested in an operation led by the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Organised Crime Units.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele praised all the police officers who were involved in the operation.

"The arrest of these men will not bring back the officers who had been killed, but it will at least bring some comfort and closure to their families and colleagues," Cele said.

"I am relieved that those responsible are now behind bars and I am confident that they will remain there for a long time."


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