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gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the eight police VIP protection unit officers linked to a vicious assault on the N1 last year pleaded not guilty to the charges against them as their trial began in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

They face 11 counts, including assault, malicious damage to property, discharging a firearm, contravening the Road Traffic Act, reckless and negligent driving and attempting to defeat the ends of justice. It is alleged that these were the men caught on camera last July beating and kicking a motorist and two passengers on the N1 near the Winnie Mandela Drive off-ramp. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The eight men, who were part of deputy president Paul Mashatile's protection squad, have all since returned to work after they were granted bail of R10,000 each by the same court in August. An application was granted during the bail application to live-stream and broadcast proceedings, but magistrate Abdul Khan said on Monday this ruling no longer applied for the trial. Khan allowed media coverage of the trial but with restrictions. Prosecutor Eliza le Roux then read out the charges against the eight men, confirming that one charge had been dropped from the initial 12 charges. The accused all pleaded not guilty to the raft of charges against them. The court then heard testimony from the first witness, who detailed the events of that Sunday afternoon.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khanyisile Ngcobo at SowetanLive

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