One of the police officers accused of killing Alexandra resident, Samantha Radebe, has died.
It is understood that constable Wisani Chabani was found dead in his car in the township police station’s parking lot last week.
Police Spokesperson Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha has confirmed that the deceased did not have injuries or wounds.
“We wait for the post mortem from pathologists to discover what led to the death of the officer.”
Sergeant Frans Kganyago and Chabani were arrested following an IPID investigation into Radebe’s murder who was killed by a firearm from one of the officers in January 2020.
Radebe was coming from work when she was caught in the crossfire during an alleged shootout between police and hijacking suspects in the township.
The newly-wed young mother died on the scene, while a passer-by was wounded.
The case against two Alexandra police officers accused of killing a 28-year-old Samantha Radebe has been postponed to later this month.
The officers briefly appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court this morning.
They will return to court on the 29th of October for a bail hearing.
Sergeant Frans Malesela Kganyago and Constable Wisani Redgement Chabani face murder and attempted murder charges, respectively.
Radebe was coming from work when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet.
The officers are said to have been engaged in a shootout with suspected criminals in Tsutsumani, Alexandra, in January this year.
The accused officers are not being kept in custody, for now, as they were summoned to appear before court and not arrested
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng Spokesperson Phindi Njonondwane says they have a strong case against the pair.
“After the assessment process, we realised that there are prospects for prosecution and the matter was enrolled based on evidence before court.”
Radebe’s family was present in court. It says it is pinning its hopes on the state to ensure that justice is served for the slain mother.
Family spokesperson Morena Mathane says they are in pain.
“The family is still in pain to see the officers roaming in the streets, but we hope justice will prevail at the end of the matter.”