Teen tells court he saw cop kill driver

2013-02-07 00:00

A TEENAGER described yesterday how a motorist had cocked a gun and fired shots, striking the driver of the car he was travelling in shortly after a collision.

The incident occurred on the Bulwer main road on July 7, last year.

On trial in connection with the incident is woman police constable Hlengiwe Mkhize (31) who was stationed at Wartburg at the time.

Mkhize has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mlindeli Clement Ngcobo and the attempted murder of four passengers in his vehicle, a Citi Golf.

Her attorney, Surendra Singh, told the court that Mkhize, who was off duty when the incident occured, maintained that she had no intention to kill anyone and believed she was being hijacked when she fired the shots.

According to the state’s indictment, it is alleged that as Ngcobo’s car rounded a bend in the road on the day, he came across a slow-moving convoy of vehicles, was unable to stop and collided with the rear of Mkhize’s black Fiat.

The state alleges that Ngcobo alighted and spoke to Mkhize at the scene before returning to his vehicle.

After telling his passengers that they were going to a police station to make statements, he drove off.

As he did so, Mkhize allegedly drew her gun, cocked it and fired in the direction of his departing car. A bullet hit Ngcobo in the back of the head and exited through his left eye. He died later in hospital.

A 17-year-old youth who was in Ngcobo’s vehicle at the time of the shooting told the court yesterday that a conversation had taken place between Ngcobo and the “lady driver” of the Fiat they had rear-ended. The two had appeared to be speaking “politely” to one another.

As Ngcobo took off the teenager said he noticed the “lady driver” cocking a gun.

“I heard the first gunshot go off and it sounded as if it was coming from behind the motor vehicle.

“I heard a second gunshot … At that time my mind had gone. I was a bit shocked,” he said.

When he got out of the car, the woman, still armed, approached him and asked where the driver was.

“She said I must not touch him,” he testified.

The youth said he had called his brother for help and he had arrived in a vehicle.

“On his arrival the lady also told him not to touch the deceased,but he said he could not stand and watch his brother die.

The case is proceeding.

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