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Cop killer accused face charges of murder and robbery in Limpopo court

Swift police action led to the arrest of the cop killer accused just three days after a constable was murdered in Limpopo.

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Two alleged Limpopo cop killers appeared in the Tshilwavhusikhu Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing charges of murder and robbery.

SAPS spokesperson Brenda Muridili said the two alleged cop killers had been accused of killing Constable Rabelani Charity Netshivhambe, 31, on 26 March 2021, while he and his partner were tracing suspects linked to a spate of business robberies which had occurred that evening. 

“The Constable and his partner, a sergeant were called out to complaints of business robberies which occurred at Madombidzha, Madabani, Tshikwarani and Maebane wherein two suspects had robbed spaza shop owners,” Muridili said.

“While the members were searching for the suspects, they came across two men on foot in Maebane  Village. The members stopped to question the men as they matched the description of the robbery suspects. One of the men shot at the members, hitting Constable Netshivhambe on his thigh. The two men then fled the scene.”

Muridili said Netshivhambe was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day on 27 March. Netshivhambe had only served in the SAPS for two years after joining the police in March 2019.

“After the incident, the province immediately implemented the 72-Hour activation plan mobilising all resources needed to investigate and trace the perpetrators,” Muridili said.

The suspects, aged 32 and 41 were traced and arrested the following day at their hideouts in Maebane,” Muridili said.

During the arrest of the cop killer accused, police recovered a 9 mm pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition.

The alleged cop killers are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, business robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole commended the Limpopo police for the swift arrest of the perpetrators allegedly responsible for murder of Constable Netshivhambe. 

He also extended his condolences, on behalf of the SAPS, to Netshivhambe’s family and friends.