ICD probing cop who shot teen 5 times

2012-02-16 08:04
Johannesburg - A Soweto teenager was killed when a policeman allegedly fired five shots at him, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the teenager was not shot seven times as reported.

He said the Independent Complaints Directorate was investigating the death of Thato Mokoka, when a policeman allegedly shot him at point blank range while he was lying down.

Dobsonville police raided the boy's home after neighbours told them he had an unlicensed gun.

The Star reported on Thursday that Mokoka was lying on his stomach with his hands above his head when the policeman fired.

He was killed outside the home of his grandmother, Sybil Mokoka, in Bramfisherville Phase 2 on Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old was a Grade 9 pupil at Kgatelopele Secondary School.

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