Cop charged after shooting death

2012-08-08 22:01

Durban - A Durban policeman appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday over allegations that he shot a man in the back.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Warrant Officer Thulani Obed Thango was charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Thango was arrested following an IPID investigation into the death of 25-year old Sizwe Bayi on September 23 2011.

Dlamini said Thango had claimed that he shot Bayi in self-defence after Bayi tried to stab him.

However, a post mortem revealed that Bayi had been shot from some distance, and had been shot in the back.

Dlamini said Thango claimed that Bayi's home had been raided because he was a suspect in another investigation.

However the IPID investigation did not reveal that Bayi was wanted in connection with any other matter.

Thango was granted R2 000 bail and the matter was postponed to 27 September.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-08 22:27

    Why dont they replace these useless police with police that can do the job right. Are they not suppose to serve and protect the public? Instead they turn out to be the biggest criminals. Aija jaai.

      jacque.raymer - 2012-08-09 00:55

      everyone knows the anc is corrupt, everyone knows the agenda of the anc is self enrichment, everyone knows the anc cares absolutely nothing for their own people, and yet everyone keeps voting anc... and even worse, they seem so surprised at articles like this ... Its time to WAKE UP brother.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-08-08 22:58

    @news24: When you delete comments regarding grammar mistakes at least rectify the mistake.

  • Billy - 2012-08-08 23:07

    "a post mortem revealed that Bayi had been shot from some distance, and had been shot in the back" do not pass go, do not collect...

  • riaan.jonker.50 - 2012-08-09 03:13

    After reading the heading, I was eager to congratulate the South African Police force; for finally being useful - “Providing immortality to the human race”. Then I read the article and wept.

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-09 05:53

    Wait hang on one minute. He shoots someone from "some distance" in the back, making it pretty much a clear cut case of murder and he's released on R2000-00 bail? Really, the victims life is worth only R2000-00 to the Judge? Someone who is tasked with enforcing the law should be thrown with the book, face the full and maximum extent of the law!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-10 06:01

      With respect, he's innocent until a court decides otherwise - the amount of bail is determined by many factors. If found guilty after a trial, then, of course, the proverbial book should be thrown at him.

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-11 02:48

      Really Lionel, you didn't read the parts where 1) He lied in his statement? 2) A postmortem proved the suspect was shot from a distance? 3) A postmortem proved the suspect was shot in the back? Surely not even you are able to deny that a postmortem is in fact taken as definitive proof in a court of law. Include in that that fact that he lied in a statement (as proven by the postmortem) he's guilty as charged. Unless of course, you are in possession of a medical degree and have performed a postmortem yourself on the victim? Should this be the case, I am sure the accused would welcome you "expert" opinion....

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-08-09 06:24

    Bt y cops are killing Innocent pple?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-09 09:35

    very unlikely story this- we all know cops can't shoot straight right- nevermind hitting someone "at some distance"...

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