Judgement on the trial of Former police Commissioner set for Today

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Judgement on the trial of former Deputy Police Commissioner in the North West, General Mzondase Mpembe, and three other senior police officers is set for Monday 29 March 2021 in the High Court in Mahikeng.

The four police officers face charges of defeating and obstructing the ends of justice by allegedly concealing information on circumstances surrounding the death of Modisaotsile Sagalala who died in a police canter when striking miners participated in a wage strike on 16 August 2012.

It is alleged they were shot by police following a confrontation. It is also alleged that Sagalala, who had a gunshot wound on the chest and handcuffs at the back, died in a police canter following his arrest with other miners.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in North West Henry Mamothame said  Mpembe and three senior police officers allegedly failed to report this matter to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) “and they misrepresented facts at the Farlam Commission which was set to establish truths surrounding the deaths of miners during the strike.”

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