Suspected cop killer in court

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Durban - A police officer accused of killing two colleagues made his first appearance amid heavy security in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court.

“It was a brief appearance,” said an official at the court, who cannot be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Tholumuzi Harold Mokoena, 53, who faces two counts of murder, was not asked to plead. He applied for legal aid and the matter was adjourned to Thursday for further investigation.

It is alleged that Mokoena shot student constable Thobani Xulu, 26, of Nkandla, and Constable Sibusiso Mthethwa, 31, of Ngwelezane, in Empangeni on Saturday.

According to a police source, the suspect, a KwaDukuza policeman, had been sitting in a police vehicle behind the two and allegedly shot them in the back of the head.

A fourth policeman had been asleep at the time and when he woke up he was allegedly told by the suspect that the attackers had emerged from the surrounding bushes.

Meanwhile, Thobani’s policeman father, Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Xulu, said he could not attend court on Thursday because he was preparing for his son’s funeral tomorrow.

“I am mourning the death of my son. Maybe after his burial I will go to court. I have never felt this way before. I am angry at the accused. I have worked with him before.”

The Hawks arrested Mokoena on Monday after they assessed the evidence at the scene.

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