A Police officer appears in court for murder

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A police officer stationed at Rapid Rail in Silverton, Jonnas Tebogo Mpete (39), appeared at the Brits Magistrates’ Court.  He is facing a charge of premeditated murder for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-wife, Ntombizodwa Khumalo (35).

Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said t is alleged that on 05 April 2023, the accused went to Brits Hospital, where the ex-wife worked as a switchboard operator at the entrance of the hospital. “When he arrived, it is alleged that he fired several shots at the deceased and after went to hand himself over at the Brits Police station”.

Mahanjana added that through his attorney, the accused told the court that he has a previous conviction of corruption, and is awaiting a sentence at Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 19 April 2023.  “It was also brought to the attention of the court that the ex-wife obtained a protection order against the accused in 2021”.

The matter is postponed to 21 April 2023, for further investigations in respect of the bail application.

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