Four in court over death of police constable

FOUR men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a police officer and the wounding of his colleague at Mahwelereng, outside Polokwane, last week.

The four men had been linked to a spate of killings around the area. The suspects allegedly hijacked SA National Defence Force member, identified as FM Kubjana, on May 31.

Kubjana, who worked in Pretoria but lived in Polokwane, was on his way to Pretoria when he disappeared. His car also went missing.

On June 1 Mahwelereng police officers were on routine patrol when they spotted Kubjana's car at a local filling station.

But when they approached the occupants of the car, they immediately came under fire.

Held Suspects are denied bail

Constable Geoffrey Sithomola died on the scene and Constable John Kekana was injured and taken to hospital.

Their attackers fled the scene and abandoned the car.

"A task team comprising members from several SAPS units was formed to follow up the case," said Limpopo police spokesperson Superintendent Ronel Otto.

The task team later arrested the four suspects at Zebediela.

The suspects - Jacob Leolo, 27, Dingaan Dube, 18, Jackson Nkuna, 23, and Kedibone Kekane, 23 - were denied bail in the Mokopane regional court yesterday, and will appear again on June 17.