Two held for Klapmuts cop’s murder

Cape Town – Eight suspects detained after the murder of policeman Steven Britz have been released without being charged. But two of the 10 people taken in for questioning remain in custody and will appear in court on Tuesday.

Britz, 44, was shot twice in the head while alone on duty at the Klapmuts police station last Wednesday night

Seven guns were stolen in the incident. Nine of the men were arrested at a shebeen in Kayamandi on Friday night – including a policeman, aged 30.

Weekend reports said the arrested policeman had been absent from duty at the police station since March. He had been due to attend a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, but failed to turn up. He was traced via a fingerprint found at the murder scene.

Warrant Officer Francois Ross, a close friend of Britz, was quoted as saying: “The chances that he would have been dismissed were 99 percent.”

A 10th suspect, aged 35, was arrested at his home in Kayamandi on suspicion that he had taken possession of the firearms that were stolen from a safe at the police station. He and the policeman were due to appear in Paarl Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday although it was unclear what charges they would face….

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