Cop: Let's hound Bees

2010-09-02 14:21

Pretoria - Ancestors will be called on to haunt the alleged murderer of Johannes Mtshumane Mogale, executive director of policing Ndumiso Jaca said at the memorial service in Pretoria on Thursday.

Addressing a packed gathering of family members and fellow metro police officers, Jaca said Blue Bulls rugby player - Bees Roux - arrested for Mogale's murder - "would not rest".

"Let's call on the fallen members of the department to go and man the road blocks and ensure Bees doesn't rest."

Roux was arrested last Friday after he had allegedly been pulled over by Mogale for drunken driving.

Shortly after, Mogale's beaten body was found by two other patrol officers.

"Let's call on our ancestors, lets ensure we hound Bees until he tells the truth," he said to angry shouts of agreement.

'Bees is a monster'

"Bees is a monster, he is a beast murdering my member with his own hands. He's huge, he's a monster," said Jaca.

Speaking later, municipal mayoral commissioner Dikeledi Lehobye said it was painful to imagine that a person could be "murdered with bare hands, on the hard surface of the tarmac".

She agreed that the murder was diabolical and barbaric.

"I have to admit that I am deeply touched by this incident and very, very angry. I am angry at behaviour worse than that of wild animals."

However, Lehobye appealed to officers to let the law run its course.

"Out of respect for the family, wife and children let us desist from making careless and hurtful speculation."

Throughout the memorial service Mogale's wife, Margarette, softly cried into a white and reddish handkerchief with a relative sitting next to her, never taking her arm off the grieving widow's shoulder.