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Cartridges lay around Soweto teen's body

2012-08-08 14:32

Johannesburg - Several cartridges were lying around the spot where a Soweto teenager was shot dead, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

The victim's uncle, Russel Mokoka, testified that when he arrived at the scene he found Thato Mokoka, 16, lying uncovered. He said the scene had not been cordoned off. He then covered his nephew's body.

Police would not show him who had killed his nephew.

"I used my phone to light the area where Thato was lying. I saw many cartridges there. I picked one up with a tissue and put it in my pocket."

Mokoka said he hoped the cartridge could help an expert identify the gun that killed his nephew, as well as his killer. The cartridge was handed to authorities several days later.

Student Constable Sipho Mbatha is on trial for allegedly killing the boy outside his grandmother's house in Bramfischerville, Soweto, on February 14.

During a tea break, members of the Mokoka family accused Mbatha's family of threatening the uncle. The Mbathas in turn claimed the Mokokas threatened Mbatha when he came to court.

Thato Mokoka was killed during a police search of a shack at the back of his grandmother's home. He was alleged to have been part of a local gang and in possession of an illegal firearm. The gun was never found.

Mbatha has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him. He said his R-5 rifle went off accidentally as he tried to search Mokoka, who was lying on the ground on his stomach.

Student Constable Nkateko Chauke was next in line to take the stand.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • gpitse - 2012-08-08 15:00

    How old is " the student police" same age as Selebi???

      Victoria - 2012-08-08 15:07

      'student police' means he is a learner. It has nothing to do with his age, its his position within the police force.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-08 16:12

      And they give a "student policeman" an automatic assault rifle!!!

  • carvern - 2012-08-08 15:33

    How can you search someone with huge R-5 rifle pointed over a person, that is just negligence.

  • tsietsi.matubako - 2012-08-08 15:42

    You have to wonder why students police must be allowed to carry Guns. It's like driving a car before you get a licence.

  • keigan.hart - 2012-08-08 15:54

    Certain SAPS personnel should carry 'less lethal' weapons until they show that they are actually competent to handle a firearm loaded with live ammo. Although, in their defence, I wouldn't go out to take on the criminals in this country unless I had an assault rifle....

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-08 16:25

      All respect to some of the old timers, but I wouldn't trust most police with a damn water pistol. whenever I see them waving their rifles around at road blocks, as well as other very sloppy firearms handling, I just about have a heart attack. Training ????

  • itumeleng.b.mphela - 2012-08-08 16:10

    The first thing your tought at the firarm training is to \alwys poit your firarm to the save dieraction\ so what? He forgot this important RULE? Nah!!!

      Antipoaching - 2012-08-08 16:22

      Itumeleng, he had been declared psychologically unfit to carry a weapon so should not have had any gun never mind a bloody R5! The cops had judged him to be a danger to himself or others BUT he was sent out armed on this raid........ makes me feel so much better to know that the mentally ill in SAPS are not discriminated against..

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-08-08 18:02

    this is a clear indication that our police are poorly trained.

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-09 07:43

      They are NOT poorly trained. They are NOT trained at all.

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