Officer sentenced to 10 years for road rage murder

The South African Police Service has come under scrutiny following recent cases of misconduct by some of its officers. (Photo: TechCentral.co.za)

The South African Police Service has come under scrutiny following recent cases of misconduct by some of its officers. (Photo: TechCentral.co.za)

Road rage officer denied leave to appeal against murder conviction.

A Pietermaritzburg High Court judge yesterday rejected a leave to appeal application by SAPS officer Hlengiwe Mkhize. Mkhize was sentenced to 10 years in jail for killing one person and attempting to kill four others during a road rage incident in July 2012. The Star reports that she fired the fatal shots using her service pistol after the deceased, Mlindeli Ngcobo, had rear-ended her car. The spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Moses Dlamini, said Mkhize’s conviction sends a message that the police will be held accountable if they misuse their firearms and authority. Read more.

Marikana Commission hears about police radio woes

Major-General Charl Annandale of the SAPS admitted that incompatibility between analogue and digital radio systems led to a failure in communication during the Marikana operation, The Citizen reports. Annandale headed the special tactical operations team when police shot dead 34 miners in August last year. Testifying before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg, he said SAPS had noted the inadequacy of its radio communications and had been working on improvements for several years. He also said SAPS would buy new video camera equipment. SAPS has apparently not been able to provide proper video evidence of the events at Marikana. Read more.

Archaic court rules to be done away with, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Thursday that the judiciary will start to overhaul the rules of the high courts and magistrate’s courts in order to make the justice system more accessible and efficient. According to iAfrica, Justice Mogoeng said that lawyers even struggle with the complex procedures. Read more.

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