Amanda Watson
News Editor
1 minute read
11 Nov 2013
1:34 pm

Problems plague ‘kidnap cop’ case

Amanda Watson

The appearance of police officer Enoch Motsepe on kidnapping and extortion charges is being plagued by problems in the Germiston Regional Court in Johannesburg today.

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Magistrate Pieter du Plessis said the investigating officer was not at court and they needed to wait for him. Then, while the court was remanding other cases, the electricity went off.

The magistrate indicated he was willing to proceed should the issue not be resolved timeously. Motsepe is expected to apply for bail.

In response to allegations police were searching for a second police officer related to the case, spokesman brigadier Neville Malila said detectives were searching for three suspects, but did not know who they were.

The detective from Silverton, Pretoria made a brief court appearance on October 30, but the matter was postponed for further investigation.

Police were looking for five other people in connection with the kidnapping of a Bedfordview resident on October 28. According to the State, four men entered the victim’s home claiming they were police officers. They took jewellery worth about R150,000, a BMW, and a cellphone. They kidnapped the man and demanded a R100,000 ransom from his family.

Motsepe was arrested after allegedly collecting the ransom at the Caltex petrol station on the N1 highway in Midrand. Police accidentally shot and wounded hip hop singer Khuli Chana when he apparently failed to stop at a roadblock they had set up at the petrol station’s exit in an attempt to catch the kidnappers.