Alleged cop killer remanded in custody

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 Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

A woman who allegedly attacked and killed a senior police officer in the holding cells at KwaMhlanga Police Station, Gugu Msiza (32) has been remanded in custody after she had appeared at KwaMhlanga Magistrate’s Court yesterday. She has applied for legal aid representation as well as bail. The charges against her now include murder.

The alleged attack occurred on Saturday, 2 September 2017, when Lt-Col Sibongile Vilakazi (48) called Msiza but there was no response. Vilakazi then entered the cell to investigate. The suspect allegedly jumped and grabbed Vilakazi, causing severe head injuries. Her colleagues tried to assist but she walked on her own, however she collapsed shortly thereafter. She was certified dead on the scene.

Msiza has a string of other charges against her including assaulting a police officer, two counts of malicious damage to property and resisting arrest. She will be appearing at the same court on Thursday, 7 September 2017 on these charges.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lt-Genl. Mondli Zuma, conveyed his condolences to the family, close friends and colleagues of Vilakazi.