Cop on trial for dragging interpreter given bail

2013-03-21 00:00

MMABATHO — Supporters of a police sergeant who allegedly dragged a court interpreter with his vehicle applauded when he was granted bail yesterday.

Sergeant Mbali Phetha threw his arms in the air in court and sang and danced with an excited crowd outside who waved placards declaring his innocence.

He is charged with attempted murder for the alleged attack on Morgan Mohlala.

Boitumelo Mokoto, a spokesperson in Mahikeng for the SA National Civic Organisation, said he was “appalled” by the actions of Phetha’s supporters.

Bonisile Koliya, a senior investigator with the Independent Police Investigation Directorate, testified that the incident occurred on March 7 when Phetha was called to an altercation between a young man and a shopkeeper.

Mohlala believed the police had taunted the young man and told him to come to his house so he could explain how to open a case against the police.

Phetha allegedly grabbed him by the collar and started driving, forcing Mohlala to run alongside.

As the vehicle sped up, Mohlala fell and the vehicle drove over his feet. He was allegedly dragged for about 100 metres and needed medical treatment.

The state did not oppose bail. Phetha was ordered not to contact Mohlala, who lives near his house, and has been suspended.

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