Mthokozisi Ntumba: Memorial Underway as Accused Case Postponed

Mthokozisi Ntumba: Memorial Underway as Accused Case Postponed

- The officers accused of killing father of three, Mthokozisi Ntumba have been charged

- The four officers appeared before the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 17 March

- The case was postponed to 24 March and all four of the officers covered their faces in court

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The man killed by police officers at the Wits protest' memorial is ongoing. The murder accused appeared in court on Wednesday, 17 March. Tshepiso Kekana, Cidraas Motseothata, Madimetja Legodi and Victor Mohammed covered their faces in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

The officers were all from the public order policing unit and killed Ntumba with rubber bullets. The presiding magistrate defeating the ends of justice, attempted murder as well as murder at the court.

The case was postponed to 24 March, according to reports and the State indicated that bail would be opposed.

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Mthokozisi Ntumba: Memorial underway as accused case postponed
The officers accused of the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba have been charged. Image: Michele Spatari / AFP and @ZamaswaziNkosi4 / Twitter
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SABC News reported that Ntumba's memorial is happening in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Posts on Twitter revealed that students had joined in on the memorial in honour of the slain father of three.

A report by 702FM stated that the defence had asked the State to provide them with Ntumba's postmortem results as well as the ballistic finding and the statements from eyewitnesses in an attempt to prepare for a bail application.

Previously, reported on the death of Ntumba. South African Police Minister, Bheki Cele has called the death of a 35-year-old Wits bystander and father of three, Mthokozisi Ntumba from East Rand, Kempton Park "inexcusable" and "unacceptable".

Cele was heard telling this to journalists after he visited the young man's family at their Kempton Park home yesterday. He also said that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will need cooperation from everyone involved in the case, including Ntumba's family.

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The 35-year-old was married with three children, the youngest child being under one year old, and had just completed his Master's degree while working at the Department of Human Settlements when he was gunned down by a rubber bullet allegedly shot by police officers trying to disperse the crowd of protestors outside of the Wits medical centre.

The EFF responded to the death of Ntumba by saying they would assist the family with his funeral. Julius Malema visited the home of Ntumba recently where he addressed supporters

Malema not only stated that the party would help with Ntumba's funeral but that the EFF would be going to the Constitutional Court to declare the usage of rubber bullets as unconstitutional. Malema also spoke about Police Minister Bheki Cele's visit with the family.

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