Tebogo Msimanga |
North West High Court postponed the case against the four men and one minor accused of killing two police officers, in Mareetsane to 24 July 2023, for trial. Benjamin Jacobs (42), Jeremiah Mongale (26), Rapulana Keikantse (25), Matthews Modukane (20) and a 16-year-old boy, are charged with the murder of Constable Simon Ngakaemang Ntsekeletsa (50), and Sergeant Mojalefa Horatius Molete (42).
A 16-year-old minor was granted bail of R1000 bail, in October 2021 and was left under the care of a guardian.
North West NPA Spokesperson Henry Mamothame said the other four were denied bail and will remain in police custody until the matter is completed. “According to a police report, the two deceased officers attended a stock theft incident in Mareestane, however, the pair failed to return to the station and were declared missing”.
A search operation was subsequently conducted, and their remains were later discovered at the back of their burnt state vehicle on 27 July 2021, in Ganyesa. “Upon arrest, police discovered the deceased firearm, two cellphones as well as SIM cards that were destroyed and thrown in a pit toilet, at the home of one of the accused”.