2007-09-28 : Top cop charged with beating his wife


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2007-09-28 : Top cop charged with beating his wife

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-10-05 08:51

Top cop charged with beating his wife
oFri, 28 Sep 2007

By Nathi Olifant

A TOP Pietermaritzburg police officer has been arrested and
charged with assaulting his estranged wife before attempting to
evict her and the whole family from his home in Bisley last

Senior Superintendent Muziwendaba Elias Ngcobo (39), a branch
commander in charge of detectives at Plessislaer Police Station,
made a brief appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate Court
charged with assault.

He was not asked to plead and the matter was postponed to
October 2 for a formal bail application and he was remanded in

The trouble started on Saturday morning when Ngcobo allegedly
stormed into his home and ordered his wife to leave.

Ngcobo, who no longer lives with his wife, allegedly came with a
truck and tried to forcibly remove the family, but when his wife
tried to stall him, he allegedly beat her, leaving her with
several bruises.

The family has since said that they fear for their lives and do
not want to be quoted in the newspaper.

The family alleges that they were denied justice by Alexandra
Road police officers when they went to open a case on Saturday.
The police officers, believed to be close friends of Ngcobo´s,
asked the family if they could solve the matter themselves.

When the family insisted, a case was opened but a wrong case
number was issued.

This caused problems when Ngcobo was due to be charged and it
was only on Tuesday that the family were given another case

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed
the matter, saying it arose from domestic-related issues. He
said the confusion with the number was as a result of an
administrative error.

Just before his arrest, Ngcobo stormed his house again,
allegedly with two police vehicles, removed some of the
furniture and continued to threaten his family in the process.

"With regard to the vehicle being used to remove the furniture,
this matter will be investigated and dealt with accordingly,"
said Budhram, who could not confirm allegations that police at
Alexandra Road tried to discourage the family from opening the

Ngcobo´s wife has since moved out after Ngcobo came again
yesterday morning and allegedly assaulted the family again in
full view of neighbours.

The family have since sought a protection order from the court
to prevent Ngcobo from coming close to them again.

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