South African police
South African police

The officers, three men and a woman, have been handed notices of intention to suspend them and will have 48 hours to respond in writing to indicate why they should not be suspended, Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza said.

South African police
South African police

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested the four officers on Monday for their alleged involvement in the execution of Khulekani Mpanza, a suspect wanted by police.

The killing took place in Krugersdorp, Gauteng Province during a police chase on October 19. But a CCTV footage showing a police officer shooting and murdering the suspect only came to light over the weekend.
Mpanza, the suspect, allegedly fired several shots at the police officers during the chase. He was later wounded in the arm before he was cornered unarmed lying on a pavement.

In the video footage, Mpanza was then executed by a police officer while his colleagues watched on.
The incident has sent shock waves across South Africa, highlighting the seriousness of police brutality in the country.

Since the footage surfaced, there have been growing calls for the South African Police Service (SAPS) to suspend the officers.

Police brutality often puts the SAPS on the spotlight. In August 2012, police used excessive force to quell mining unrest in Marikana, North West Province, killing 34 protesters.

In February 2013, a video showed several police officers dragging a taxi driver behind a police vehicle in Benoni near Johannesburg. The taxi driver, from Mozambique, was later found dead in police cells. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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