Bees Roux ‘thought he was being hijacked’

2010-08-28 00:00

AFTER the “very drunk” Bulls and Blue Bull prop Bees Roux allegedly beat a Metro police officer to death, he apparently said to him, “It’s OK, you’re strong, you’ll get up again now-now.”

That was after Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mohale (38) of the Tshwane Metro Police was “hit hard, kicked, lifted up twice and thrown down head first on the tarred road” by Roux in the early hours of yesterday morning, in Hatfield, Pretoria, according to an eyewitness.

Richard Motegeni, a security guard at a nearby building, said Roux even left Mohale to bring his moving vehicle to a halt before he returned to continue hitting him.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Opperman confirmed that members of the Tshwane Metro Police flagged Roux down in Hatfield in the early hours of yesterday morning because of suspected drunken driving.

“An altercation ensued and a Metro police member was fatally assaulted.”

Opperman said that what happened will become clearer after the police investigation.

Beeld was told by eyewitnesses that Mohale was apparently accompanying Roux to his home in his white VW Polo because the rugby player was apparently in no condition to drive.

Roux apparently thought Mohale had hijacked him.

Motegeni said the white VW Polo was seen driving very slowly at about 1.36 am.

“Suddenly a large man and a Metro police officer tumbled out of the door on the driver’s side.”

He said the big man, whom he only later learned was Bees Roux, was immediately on top of Mohale.

“He shouted, ‘You thief! You want to steal my car!’ and repeatedly hit the officer very hard in the face. The officer did not fight back.

“The big man then twice lifted the officer up by his clothes at his shoulders and back and threw him down hard on the tarred road, head first.”

Motegeni said Roux then kicked the officer, after which he walked away quickly to his car, which was apparently rolling very slowly forwards.

“He brought his car to a stop, returned and started hitting the officer again.”

Roux then apparently spotted Motegeni, rushed towards him and asked if he was Mohale’s “friend”.

“I ran a little way away so that he couldn’t hit me as well.

“Even a blind person could have seen that he was very drunk,” Motegeni said.

According to him, when Roux realised Mohale wasn’t recovering, he bent over him for a long time and tried to revive him.

That was when he apparently said to him, “It’s OK, you’re strong, you’ll get up again now-now.”

Another eyewitness, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed Motegeni’s version of events.

A police officer confidentially told Beeld that Roux told him at the scene that he had been hijacked.

“But he must have been either badly shocked or drunk, because he wasn’t quite compos mentis,” the officer said.

Netcare911 emergency services spokesperson Chris Botha said Mohale was declared dead at the scene.

Roux will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and driving under the influence of alcohol. In the meantime, he is being held in custody in the Sunnyside police station.

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