National 26.7.2016 02:23 pm

Two Pretoria ‘cop killers’ face string of other charges

Murder accused Mpho Mohlala (black jacket) and Lucky Madiba step down from the dock as their case is postponed for further investigations. PHOTO: ANA

Murder accused Mpho Mohlala (black jacket) and Lucky Madiba step down from the dock as their case is postponed for further investigations. PHOTO: ANA

The investigation into the cop’s death revealed more than 20 other dockets in which the accused had allegedly been implicated.

Two men accused of the murder of a Pretoria police officer have also been implicated in a series of other police investigations into, among others, murder, attempted murder, robbery and possession of unlicenced firearms.

The case against Lucky Madiba and Mpho Mohlala was postponed to August 30 for the further investigation of more than 20 other dockets, which were established during the investigation of the murder of police Constable Max Lekalakala. He was killed in a shoot-out between officers and armed robbers on the N4 highway in March.

It emerged last month when the accused appeared in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrates’ Court that other dockets from across the province in which the accused were named had come to light.

State prosecutor Barbara Ndela then requested that the matter be postponed so that all the dockets could be combined with the existing two.

According to the State, Madiba and Mohlala face additional charges including four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, three counts of possession of unlicensed ammunition, possession of stolen cellphones, robbery with aggravating circumstances, using a vehicle without the owner’s consent, kidnapping, and three counts of motor vehicle theft.

On Tuesday, before magistrate Len Miller, Ndela submitted to the court that the instruction she had received from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (Hawks) investigating officer was that the matter be postponed for further investigation of the other dockets.

She also told the court that the State would consolidate all the dockets in the case so that the accused’s trial could be centralised.

Mohlala appeared without his lawyer, Advocate Steve Sekwele, who was absent from court, while Madiba had legal aid representation.

Miller postponed the case for further investigation and for the matter to be centralised, and ordered that the accused remain in custody at Kgoshi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria.

Madiba and Mohlala allegedly shot and killed Lekalakala in a shoot-out in the early hours of March 2, during which three of their alleged accomplices were also killed.

It is alleged that Lekalakala and his Silverton Flying Squad colleagues spotted a suspicious Toyota RunX with five occupants along the highway and stopped it, but as they approached the car they were greeted with a hail of bullets.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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