What really happened?

2010-11-12 00:00

IT has been two weeks since Nhlakanipo Ronald Mbelu was found not guilty by the high court in Scottburgh for the murder of Gamalakhe police station commissioner Michelle Pitout, but questions surrounding what happened on the day of the shooting nearly one year ago are still being raised.

Forensic evidence shows that it was a police bullet that killed Pitout and Mbelu was accordingly found not guilty on charges of murder.

This has left Pitout’s husband, Ian, with the prolonged distress of trying to find out who really is responsible for the death of his wife, says his brother, Geoffrey Pitout.

Geoffrey Pitout said he is worried by a report that one of the police officers who opened fire in the room on the day that Michelle was shot, Inspector Trevor Moodley, had his firearm stolen from his house, allegedly by the suspects.

His concern is shared by the Gamalakhe Community Policing Forum, which said in a previous statement that it is not satisfied with the way that the SA Police Force has responded.

Phumlani Mzobe, youth desk chairperson of the Gamalakhe Community Policing Forum, said in a statement, “Inspector Moodley failed to inform his colleagues in Gamalakhe that during the housebreaking his official firearm was stolen.”

Geoffrey Pitout said, “The questions that we have are why was the theft of the firearm not brought up in court documents, and what firearm did Inspector Moodley use when he allegedly drew his service pistol [at the scene] and fired?”

He urged Moodley to come forward with any information he might have about what happened to his firearm that day.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, SAPF communications officer in Port Shepstone, said the police cannot comment at this stage,

The matter is sub judice since the transcripts of the judge’s findings have been forwarded to the KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions for further investigation, she added.

Pitout, Moodley and Detective Constable Grant Phelukhwayo were shot during a police raid in Gamalakhe just before Christmas last year. They were about to arrest a burglary suspect at his house.

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