Life sentence for Limpopo cop killers

POLOKWANE – According to Hawks Spokesperson, Capt Matimba Maluleke, W/O Joel Seloga who was attached to Groblersdal Cluster detectives, was killed while trying to arrest a wanted suspect at a funeral in Madibong village on 23 January 2016

“He was assisting Brits police at the time and when the police attempted to make the arrest locals residents charged at them and chased them. During the incident W/O Seloga was disarmed and shot dead with his service pistol,” explained Maluleke.

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The intensive investigation by Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit ensued and Makanye was arrested at his home in Jane Furse after he was found in possession of the service pistol belonging to W/O Seloga. The investigation continued and Monakedi was arrested soon after.

During the trial Monakedi was granted R5000 bail whilst Makanye was denied bail and remanded in custody. Both accused were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, six years imprisonment for theft of firearm, four years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearm, one year imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition and six months imprisonment for defeating the ends of justices. All these sentences will run concurrently, he added.

The Acting Provincial Head Brigadier Nare Mabotja commended the investigation team for working tirelessly until the case was finalised. “This will send a strong and vivid message that to kill a cop is like committing serious crime against the state and for that there will be dire consequences”.

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