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Brits - The case against a 24-year-old man, accused of the murder of a North West police officer, was postponed in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Thabang Maleka briefly appeared in court and his case was postponed to October 13, for formal bail application.

Dressed in a green T-shirt, he looked down as the prosecutor told the court that the defence and the State had agreed to roll the case over to Friday.  

He was arrested in Temba  on October 2, after he had been on the run four months. He was wanted in connection with the murder of Constable Samuel Hlongwane.

Hlongwane, 35, was off duty when he was gunned down and his friend robbed off his car in Letlhabile near Brits on June 2, he was walking along Letlhabile main road when his friend driving in a BMW, stopped for a chat. They were still talking when two unknown men confronted and pointed them with firearms.

Hlongwane was shot but, managed to retaliate and shot one of the men. The third suspect allegedly came with a getaway car, picked the wounded suspect and dropped him at Letlhabile clinic.

The other suspect drove off in Hlongwane's friend's car, Hlongwane was certified dead on the scene.

Taxi operators and some members of the community followed the suspects' car until at the clinic where they allegedly beat the wounded suspect until he died.

The police managed to recover the BMW as well as the suspects’ getaway car on June 3, in Soshanguve north of Pretoria. 

Suprise Mokoebo, 33,  was the first to arrested in connection with the murder of Constable Hlongwane, he is facing a charge of murder and hijacking. He was arrested on August 4, in Mabopane north of Pretoria.