Alleged metro cop killer ‘will not rest’

2010-09-02 16:37

Ancestors will be called on to haunt the alleged murderer of Tshwane metro police officer Ntshimane Johannes Mogale, executive director of policing Ndumiso Jaca said at his memorial service in Pretoria.

Addressing a packed gathering of Mogale’s family and fellow metro policemen, Jaca said Blue Bulls rugby player Jacobus Stephanus “Bees” Roux, who is accused of Mogale’s murder, “would not rest”.

“Let’s call on the fallen members of the department to go and man the roadblocks and ensure Bees doesn’t rest.”

Roux was apparently pulled over by Mogale for drunken driving last Friday. A short while later, Mogale’s body was found by two other patrol officers. He had been beaten to death. Roux was arrested.

“Let’s call on our ancestors. Let’s ensure we hound Bees until he tells the truth,” he said to angry shouts of agreement.

Speaking later, municipal mayoral commissioner Dikeledi Lehobye said it was painful to imagine that a person could be “murdered with bare hands, on the hard surface of the tarmac”.

She said the murder of Mogale, whose nickname was Chicks, was diabolical and barbaric.

“I have to admit that I am deeply touched by this incident and very, very angry. I am angry at behaviour worse than that of wild animals.”

However, Lehobye appealed to officers and the media to let the law run its course.

“Out of respect for the family, wife and children let us desist from making careless and hurtful speculation.”

Tshwane regional director Moloko Racheku paid tribute to Mogale as “unassuming, very calm and collected” and not driven by materialism.

Throughout the memorial service, Mogale’s wife Margarette cried into a handkerchief. A relative sat next to her, never taking her arm off the grieving widow’s shoulder.

Mogale’s funeral will be held near Brits, in the North West, this weekend.

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