Four cops arrested for shooting protester

By Drum Digital
24 January 2014

Four police officers were arrested this morning for the fatal shooting of a protester in Roodepoort on the West Rand.

Gauteng Police Brigadier Neville Malila said: “After receiving the initial factual report on the incident it was decided that there was enough evidence to arrest and charge the member who fired the shots for murder, as well as defeating the ends [of justice], and the others for defeating the ends of justice.

“The four members between the ages of 33 and 49 were arrested in the early hours of this morning on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.”

Malila said provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba had viewed the shooting in “a very serious light”.

“The members are deemed to be suspended as they were arrested and detained on the criminal charges.”

The four officers are expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court soon.

Residents of Durban Deep on the West Rand took to the streets yesterday to protest against an eviction order and a lack of housing.

A 28-year-old man, Tshepo Babuseng, was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, after protesting residents barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres.

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