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Alleged cop killer in court

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Accused allegedly stabbed policeman more than 22 times in the body and the face

Mzwandile Majozi. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE MURDER trial of a Kimberley man, who is accused of stabbing a police officer to death, got under way in the Northern Cape High Court yesterday.

Mzwandile Majozi, 28, is accused of killing an off-duty police officer, Lentswe Mogorosi, in Lerato Park in January this year.

He allegedly stabbed Mogorosi more than 22 times in the body and the face.

The accused is facing further charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of drugs.

He has pleaded guilty to the possession of drugs but not guilty to the charges of murder and robbery.

Majozi, in his statement read to the court yesterday, said that he had last seen Mogorosi alive when they went to a house to buy drugs together.

“Mogorosi was my friend. On the evening of January 7, the deceased and I went to the house of a person who sells drugs. We drank some alcohol at the house and bought the drugs. Later in the evening Mogorosi said we must leave. I borrowed the deceased’s phone to store the number of a lady who was in our presence at the time. The deceased carried on walking. I told the deceased we should wait for a taxi and he answered that I could wait for one if I wanted to and proceeded walking. That was the last time I saw him alive,” he said.

Majozi denied stealing Mogorosi’s property, after several items belonging to the deceased were found in his possession.

“I was arrested the next day. I had Mogorosi’s wallet, shoes, SAPS pocket book and phone in my possession at the time. These items were given to me by the deceased.”

Majozi denied killing Mogorosi and also said in his statement that he did not know who committed the crime.

According to previous reports, the body of the deceased was found by passers-by, who alerted the authorities, shortly before 6am on the morning of Sunday, January 8.

The case continues today.