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Joburg cop in court over shooting bystander

2012-03-28 17:28

Johannesburg - A Cleveland police constable will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly shooting dead a bystander during an arrest, the Independent Complaints Directorate said.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the constable was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly shot the man on Tuesday night.

"We will investigate this. We have already determined that there was no reason for the shooting. This was an innocent bystander who had nothing to do with what was going on," he said.

"The constable is appearing in court today [Wednesday], and there should be more information of the outcome later."

The constable told police that he was on the way to another crime scene when he came across a "suspicious" man near the Cleveland train station.

He put the man in the back of the police vehicle and was ordering the driver of a nearby car to lie down on the road when his gun allegedly went off.

The bystander died at the scene.

Comments
  • Robert.Mjono - 2012-03-28 18:21

    The police lack the proper training they just shoot,even his statement doesn't show he is a responsible cop. So let him rot in jail!!

  • Johann - 2012-03-28 18:43

    There is only one thing that make a effective police service that's respect for oneself your seniors the public you serve and the law ,but when these things are skewed or lacking things fall apart,discipline is the mussel that holds together and effective police service.there are drills for every situation .,due to bad training no discipline those drills are a schlep what the I look up to my seniors they could not care why should I, that rifle should never have had a round in the chamber and it should have been on safe and what happend is criminal and nothing else

  • Muofhe - 2012-03-28 19:38

    is it all about shooting or investigating or making arrest?am disgusted by this what we so call "policemen".instead of killing us they should protect us man.

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