On Monday afternoon, it was confirmed that The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) had arrested four police officers in connection with the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba. The tragic events unfolded on Wednesday 10 March, and after a vociferous public outcry, the main suspects have been ‘cuffed’ by their colleagues.

Four police officers arrested for Mthokozisi Ntumba’s death – who are they?

The bystander was shot dead by police at the height of the Wits protests last week. His death sparked a further outpouring of anger, and resulted in widespread criticism of both SAPS and Bheki Cele. Spokesperson for the Minister of Police, Lirandzu Themba, confirmed the news on her Twitter feed just moments ago.

What you need to know about the suspects

Information about the suspects remains limited at this point. However, there are six major things to note as they now face their own personal battles with the law. Here are the key developments you need to be aware of:

  • – We know the four officers will appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court this week.
  • – All four of those arrested are part of the Public Order Policing Unit in Johannesburg.
  • – Their first appearance in the dock will be Wednesday 17 March – when individual identities are likely to be revealed.
  • – It’s possible that a plea hearing will take place in the next few days.
  • – They all face charges for the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba – and defeating the ends of justice.
  • – Interestingly enough, this cohort of cops are also facing three counts of ‘attempted murder’ – suggesting that more innocent civilians came close to losing their lives due to the heavy-handed police response.

This is a rapidly-evolving story, and we’ll have more on these developments throughout the day.


Presh JM Reporter

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