Teen's family happy about cop's arrest

2012-02-17 17:15

Johannesburg – A family member of murdered Soweto teenager, Thato Mokoka, said she was glad about the arrest of the student constable accused of killing him.

Thato Mokoka's aunt, Nompumelelo Mokoka, said the family was very grateful for the ICD's work.

"I'm glad," she said when asked how she felt about the arrest.

"We were very traumatised about what happened."

A student constable was arrested on Friday, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said.

"A suspect was arrested about 40 minutes ago," ICD executive director Francois Beekman said shortly after 14:00.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed the 41-year-old student constable had been arrested.

Funeral on Sunday

"The arrest has been carried out," he said.

Beekman formed part of a senior delegation from the ICD who visited the scene of the crime and paid their respects to the teen's family on Friday.

He said the ICD only took over the criminal matter in the case and would make disciplinary recommendations to police on Monday.

Thato, 16, was apparently shot dead by the constable in Braamfischerville Phase Two on Tuesday.

He had been shot three times while apparently lying on the ground on his stomach.

The incident happened outside the home of his grandmother Sybil Mokoka. The boy apparently lived alone in a shack at the back of the property.

Thato's funeral will take place on Sunday morning in Meadowlands, Soweto.

The student constable would appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder on Monday, Beekman said.

- SAPA

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