Hazyview constable Descend Ntimane charged with shooting, injuring Kobus Brits, 60, security guard
5 August 2011 – NELSPRUIT - Several policemen appeared in court for crimes varying from attempted murder to corruption and one of them is suspected of having shot a 60-year-old security guard in Hazyview. Arrested for corruption were constables Reuben Mkhonto, 30 and Oral Nkobeni, 33 of the Komatipoort vehicle-theft unit. Also arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Mr Kobus Brits, 60, was constable Descend Ntimane of Hazyview, who allegedly was part of a gang which carried out an armed robbery last Friday at Hazyview Hypermeat.
Brits: "I locked the gate at about 18:15 and walked to a vehicle. I had just got into it when the door was pulled open," he recalled. He counted five black men, one of them demanding cash. One man was threatening Brits with a firearm and he attempted to push him away. The black man then shot Brits - at which point the men fled. Brits said it took the summonsed police an hour to arrive.He was taken to Matikwane Hospital for treatment of a flesh-wound and discharged shortly afterwards.Lt Col Leonard Hlathi, police spokesman, said that, following their investigation, Const Descend Ntimane was arrested on Monday.He appeared in White River Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. His accomplices have not yet been apprehended.