Two individuals appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday on murder charges after the shooting death of a police officer during an armed robbery. Baxolele Matolo and Luyanda Futile were arraigned on murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery counts, respectively. Four individuals have been apprehended.
The men's case has been continued until December 6 to allow for a bail application. The judge remanded the accused in jail. The third co-accused did not appear in court because he is still in police custody at a hospital.
The fourth defendant was discharged.
On Friday, November 26, police were sent in response to a commercial robbery committed by four armed individuals. Inside the facility, the suspects held the business's personnel at gunpoint and began firing at police as they escaped.
Two police officers assigned to the Table View police station and two of the armed bandits were injured during the gunfight. Sergeant Nameto Ignatius Molema sustained a gunshot wound to the head, while Sergeant Malibongwe Mnani sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. Molema died shortly after being admitted to the hospital.
The police immediately began a search for the fugitives and turned over the case to the Directorate for Priority Crime Inquiry (Hawks) for investigation.
Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase, the Hawks' spokesman, confirmed that the other two suspects were detained on Saturday in Bellville by members of the Hawks' Serious Organized Crime Investigation team, as well as Crime Intelligence and the National Intervention Unit.
Nkwalase stated, however, that one of the suspects had been freed since no evidence linking him to the murder existed. "One suspect remains hospitalized, while another who was removed from the hospital after treatment was freed due to a lack of evidence against him," Nkwalase said.
He said that the inquiry into the trio is ongoing. At the weekend, community residents, organizations, and security personnel around the Table View region paid tribute to the killed officer by hanging ribbons and cards on the police station's gate.
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