‘Policewoman who shot motorist must be jailed’

2013-04-18 00:00

A PROBATION officer has recommended that a policewoman, Hlengiwe Mkhize (31), should be sentenced to imprisonment for the murder of a motorist, Mlindeli Ngcobo (18).

Mkhize shot dead Ngcobo after a collision with her vehicle on the Bulwer main road on July 7 last year. In a recent judgment, Acting Judge Sthembisa Maphumulo rejected Mkhize’s version that she was afraid that she was the victim of a hijacking at the time of the shooting. Experience showed that Ngcobo’s actions were not those one would expect of a hijacker, she ruled.

Defence attorney Surendra Singh yesterday challenged the probation officer, Philisiwe Zungu, on various aspects of her report about Mkhize and suggested that she had an “axe to grind” with the policewoman.

Zungu responded that she had simply interviewed the witnesses and recorded their views. They included the fathers of Mkhize’s two children.

She conceded during questioning that both men had left Mkhize during her pregnancies and that the father of her youngest child (11 months) had demanded a paternity test. “Isn’t it so that the father of the 14-year-old has never entered the picture until now?” asked Singh.

Zungu agreed that the father had never paid maintenance for the child until now, but said the father of the youngest child had done so.

Singh questioned why Zungu stated in her report that Mkhize had “manipulated” the system by reporting a hijacking instead of murder after the incident in question. He also suggested that evidence was led that showed clearly that although Mkhize did report the incident as a hijacking, she had also told police about the shooting.

Zungu confirmed that Mkhize had expressed remorse about the shooting. The case continues today.

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