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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that police investigating killings in the North West platinum belt were reprimanded by a Brits Magistrate’s Court on Friday for shoddy investigations.  

Magistrate Stanley Maribe was delivering his ruling in the bail application of Samkelo Mkhutshwa, charged with the attempted murder of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) branch chairperson Malibongwe Mdazo.  The court was not satisfied about the testimony of the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Johannes Montsho, who was said to have been be evasive.  Stating that there was no clear reason why Mkhutshwa had been arrested, the magistrate stated that the investigating officer was “misleading the court and was not playing open cards.”  Mdazo was shot and wounded on 22 July in Mooinooi near Brits.  Montsho conceded in court that the only reason Mkhutshwa was arrested was that he allegedly told someone that he was involved in the shooting.  In his bail application, Mkhutshwa denied the charges against him and indicated that he intended to plead not guilty.  This was the second time that investigators of killings in the platinum belt have been blasted in court for sloppy police work.  In November, Magistrate Reagan Rosenberg had been disappointed with the manner police investigated the matter of Nkosinathi Mantashe, also accused of the attempted murder of Mdazo.

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