The NPA circulated a statement confirming that it is set to resume the trial against former Deputy Police Commissioner Mpembe and three police officers, over Sagalala’s death.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 13 January 2021, to circulate a statement confirming the resumption of the trail on Modisaotsile Sagalala’s death. The accused are former provincial Deputy Police Commissioner, Mzondase Mpembe and three other police officers. The accused are being charged with defeating and obstructing the ends of justice.
According to the statement, Sagalala’s lifeless body was found at the makeshift holding cell erected by the police on the Lonmin premises, referred to as the Hub. Mpembe and the three officers allegedly failed to report that Sagalala was dead before he arrived at the Hub. Moreover, that Sagalala had died at the hospital after being picked up by the paramedics, despite having been declared dead by the paramedics that fetched his lifeless body at the Hub.
The statement read, “The trial of former Deputy Police Commissioner of the North West, General Mzondase Mpembe and three other senior police officers will commence today, 13 January 2021, in the High Court of South Africa, North West Division in Mafikeng. The state and the defence team are expected to make closing arguments before the matter goes for judgement.”
See the post below.
NW: Trial of former Deputy Police Commissioner Mpembe and 3 other police officers for their alleged role in the Marikana massacre resumes today. pic.twitter.com/ZdeW5ayv1r
— NPASouthAfrica (@NPA_Prosecutes) January 13, 2021