Cop accused of protest shooting gets bail

2014-01-28 12:43
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Angry residents protest outside Roodepoort court

Angry Durban Deep residents have protested outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court where four police officers have appeared in connection with the fatal shooting of a Roodepoort protester.

Johannesburg - A policeman accused of shooting dead a protester was granted bail in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The officer, who cannot be named because an identity parade has not been conducted, was granted R5 000 bail.

He is one of four police officers who were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of the protester, but is the only one who has been charged with murder.

Prosecutor Una van der Schyff said on Monday that charges of defeating the ends of justice were being investigated against three police officers.

Tshepo Babuseng, 28, was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, after residents of Durban Deep barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres on Thursday in a protest over a lack of housing.

Durban Deep Community spokesperson Anton Mankgabe said afterwards the residents were disappointed that the officer had been granted bail.

"We are frustrated, we did not expect this. All the reasons that were given in court do not make sense," he said.

Mankgabe alleged people saw the officer shoot Babuseng.

"For the sake of peace in the community, he was not supposed to get bail," he said.

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