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Cop: Gun wasn’t ready to fire that day

2012-08-06 16:31

Johannesburg - A policeman who was present the day Thato Mokoka was killed told the South Gauteng High Court on Monday his firearm was not ready to fire when the 16-year-old was killed.

"My pistol was cocked, but in an off position. Even if you pressed the trigger, it wouldn't have fired. It needed to be switched on first," said Constable Clifford Mathebula.

He was responding to a suggestion by advocate Kenneth Manyage that all the officers present had their firearms on automatic mode.

Mokoka was shot dead outside his grandmother's house in Bramfischerville, allegedly by student Constable Sipho Mbatha, on February 14.

He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

He has claimed that his firearm accidentally went off when he bent over to search Mokoka, 16.

Police went in search of Mokoka after it was alleged that he was part of a gang called the BWA (Boys with Advices) and that he owned an illegal firearm. No firearm was found.

Mokoka's aunt Mpumi Mkoka and a 15-year-old pregnant girl, who was present on the day of the murder, testified last week.

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-06 16:42

    "My pistol was cocked, but in an off position. Even if you pressed the trigger, it wouldn't have fired. It needed to be switched on first,"... I thought the person was using a R4/R5 and not a Pistol?

      lebo.radebs - 2012-08-06 16:52

      That's what I also thought.I mean that's what the media reported @ 1st. So was it a rifle/ pistol?

      lebo.radebs - 2012-08-06 17:05

      HAving said that,, whether it was a pistol/ rifle I guess it doesn't make any difference because a young man lost his life & his family has lost him 4 ever,,,

      Thoka - 2012-08-06 17:32

      correction or perhaps read the article again, this cop is tastifying on this case, he is not the tricker quick notorious ch#p.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-06 17:41

      Lebo which make it more interesting is that he fire 6-7 times... Now if it was a pistol the you will have to pull the trigger 6-7 times which takes the rifle/gun went off by accident totally out of the picture...

      John - 2012-08-06 18:32

      He is so incompetent he cannot tell the difference between a automatic rifle and a semi automatic pistol. Get the useless MINISTER of POLICE, with our NEW national commisioner to implement TRAINING of their incomoetentTHUGS and turn them into PEACE OFFICERS who SERVE their PEOPLE. By this I mean why point a firearm at anything that you do not intend to kill? It is a criminal offence unless your life is in immediate danger!

  • Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-06 17:04

    The question that should be asked is whether the officer had a competency certificate to be carrying the firearm? In the first place?

  • Ant138 - 2012-08-06 17:17

    " It needed to be switched on first" LMFAO !

  • julian.knight.7 - 2012-08-06 17:30

    Yes two settings single shot of Afrikaans!

      Billy - 2012-08-06 18:22

      lol jou nool

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-06 17:42

    Gang called "boys with advices". What a name to call your gang. Just because the police found no gun does not mean he did not have one. Often criminals will hide drugs/guns, sometimes even in a public place.

      Andrew - 2012-08-06 21:30

      How can you hide a gun when your dead?

  • david.vanas.3 - 2012-08-06 17:43

    Pray tell, how do you "switch on" a firearm?

      commentator.guy.1 - 2012-08-06 18:09

      Its not his first language son. You know he means switching off the safety. Dont be pedantic.

  • Muis van den Heever - 2012-08-06 17:48

    batteries not included???

  • Billy - 2012-08-06 18:30

    lol if the safety is in the "off position" the gun will fire

  • John - 2012-08-06 18:47

    Sorry, this chap obviously had one up the spout with the safety ON. Drop the safety and fire. Well that is how MY semi automatic pistol works.!

  • tyrone.b.cook - 2012-08-06 18:54

    Innocent until proven guilty!!!!sooo why was a firearm even pointed in his direction??? Now think about world war 2...didn't the storm troopers and gestapo do exactly what the police of this country are doing!!!be smart whenever you see a cop harassing someone,take out your phone and start recording...try not to let cops know you are recording or paying attention to them in anyway!!!take your stand against crime...

      commentator.guy.1 - 2012-08-06 19:57

      Horrible accident and most probably an example of insufficient training/low standards of entry. But comparing the SAPS to the gestapo is a joke. Live a year in the shoes of the average SAPS member and lets see how much your tune changes.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-07 09:09

    If indeed that was the condition of his pistol then he has just confessed to murdering the chap. one cannot "accidentally" move the safety to the "fire" position and then each shot with a Z88 (police issue handgun) requires a considerably heavy pull on the trigger, especially for the first shot which is fired when the hammer is in the down position and the trigger pull is long and heavy. It does not matter how poorly trained and how stupid this cop is, he cannot claim now that it was an "accident"

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