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Three men appear in court for murder of Metro Police officer

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation


KWAZULU-NATAL – The Durban based Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation ensured that the suspects who allegedly killed a Durban Metro police officer are brought to book.

Three accused, Sabelo Mncube (42), Mzomuhle Lawrence Gamede (38) and Phakamani Mlungisi Mpanza (33) appeared in the Pinetown Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 25 July 2023 and they were remanded in custody.

On 20 July 2023, Superintendent Errol Ogle (52) was shot and killed by unknown gunmen on the M7 route near Malvern off-ramp when he tried to stop the truck that was driving on an oncoming lane. He was also robbed of his service firearm then the suspects allegedly drove off in his marked Durban Metro VW Polo which was later found abandoned in Pinetown.

The incident spurred the Hawks' investigation and with the assistance of Metro Police, they arrested the suspects within 72 hours. One man was arrested in Durban on Saturday whereas the second man was arrested on Sunday at Estcourt. The third suspect was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning at a hostel in Umlazi.

Mncube and his accomplices are facing charges of murder, armed robbery, hijacking and kidnapping. The matter was postponed to 1 September 2023 for further investigation.


Captain Bonnie Nxumalo
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