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Cop in court for shooting robber

2013-03-06 09:41

Johannesburg - A police officer accused of shooting dead a robber at a Durban fast food outlet was expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Captain Justice Dladla, 42, reportedly shot dead the robber after he had opened fire at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in New Germany in Durban in October 2012.

One of his colleagues was killed in the incident while another was critically injured.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) laid charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice against the police official.

Spokesperson for the IPID, Moses Dlamini said: "At the time, it was reported that the [robber] was shooting at the police captain. An investigation was conducted and it has revealed that this version was false."

Dladla's lawyer Sifiso Sithole told the court the shooting took place while his client was on duty.

He said his client intended on pleading not guilty to the charges brought against him.

"The State does not have a case against the accused," said Sithole.

The officer, who is a father of five, was out on a warning.

Comments
  • Hemlock - 2013-03-06 09:56

    One less piece of cr*p for the taxpayer to support. Well done Captain Justice Dladla.

      Gerald Umraw - 2013-03-06 12:47

      The accused officer was doing his job of serving and protecting. His collegues were callously murdered infront of him and he could have been next. If the robber was firing into the shop then the officer had every right to "serve and protect" those in the shop. Where does the IPID now get the idea that he is at fault for doing his job which he swore an oath to perform. How many more dead bodies were they expecting at the hand of the deceased robber before he could be stopped. I am scratching my head at their logic and decision to charge the officer. Protecting the criminal while the upholder of justice is on trial...as they say in sunny S.A.....eish

      Riley Archer - 2013-03-06 14:14

      Poor cops must be so confused by now..when to shoot or not to?

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-06 10:02

    He was doing his job. Shoot the robbers. They are a waste of space.

  • Carole Small - 2013-03-06 10:12

    Now the police have to lie as they are afraid of reprisals. Two of his colleagues were down. Was he now supposed to wait for the robber to fire at him first. He may have lied about circumstances but this robber had already killed, so why wait for more killings. Give this officer a break, unless we don't have the full story???

  • john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-06 10:14

    If the robber was armed... then take him out...

  • Jonathan Muir - 2013-03-06 10:14

    He did his job. Should be getting a gold medal!

  • Tammy Peens - 2013-03-06 10:15

    this is exactly the problem with this country...people moan that the police aren't doing their jobs, but when they do they are charged with murder. the criminals have more rights than the law abiding citizens!!! and the policemen! shocking!!!

  • Morne Oosthuizen - 2013-03-06 10:18

    I say give him a medal.

  • cj.venter - 2013-03-06 10:21

    he should be in court to receive a gold and silver plated medal. they should upgrade his uniform with a red stripe so criminals know this cop is serious and will kill if you break the law

      Maremene Levis - 2013-03-06 10:25

      i couldnt agree more with you cj..give this man a bells

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2013-03-06 10:22

    this so strange the officer was protecting the community surely the state doesnt have a solid case against him,lets be practical and reasonable the robber deserve either death or jail period

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-03-06 11:42

      unless the robber was already caught and this cop stuck a bullet in his brain

      rory.n.price - 2013-03-07 08:56

      Even then he deserves a medal

  • Jozylite Makhura - 2013-03-06 10:26

    Give this man a BELLS, Or was he supposed to ask the suspect are u planning to shoot me? Sick and tired because people will not be arrested because the police will not use their power...Good riddance to bad rubbish anyone cud have been a victim of the attacker...

  • abdurrazak.amod - 2013-03-06 10:32

    This is sad to see, because cops will be afraid of shooting at robbers. Robbers take advantage of this. If a guy enters your house to rob you, and you shoot him, they will ask you why you shot him, he never had a gun.

      Anton - 2013-03-06 10:52

      yes,abdurrazak. Cops are on a hiding to nothing.

  • Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:36

    Everybody in this country should stand up in support of this man. We maybe do not have the full story, but the end result speak for itself. One cop killed and one critically injured. Result one dead criminal. Amen.

  • smahlaba - 2013-03-06 10:50

    Why the hell is the Captain being taken to court?

  • Duits - 2013-03-06 10:53

    Give this guy a case of Bell sand a medal, one less oxygen thief to feed in jail!

  • jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-06 10:59

    KFC. Africa's "dougnut" shop for the cops.

  • Peter Lesetla - 2013-03-06 11:03

    IPID jzt want to make a name 4 itself, they are starting to irritate the hell out of me, was he supposed to stand still nd be killed like his colleague? Let's support the captain South Africa

  • Felican - 2013-03-06 11:11

    HUH!!!! So a criminal can SHOOT up a storm - but ---- ??? Oh Shyte give me strength... Things are going from the sublime to the ridiculous and now Welcome To The Circus Amzanzi ... fo' sho'

  • ak.boca - 2013-03-06 11:12

    The bad guy is dead was else do they want! Captain Justice Dladla go out there and kill more of those robbers...

  • boyisilestya.mafilika1 - 2013-03-06 11:36

    Well done to this Cop.

  • Dumisani Jeyi - 2013-03-06 12:04

    Policeman doing his job..i mean the robber killed another policeman tsin

  • nathan.g.moss - 2013-03-06 12:39

    He deserves a medal not a trail

  • rory.n.price - 2013-03-07 08:53

    Needs a medal well done

  • Spats Domingo - 2013-03-15 09:37

    Once again, the criminal gets sympathy in the eyes of the law and the those that abide by the law and defend it are prosecuted. As I maintain and quote a previous Police Commissioner: "Shoot the bastards"!

  • Fc Swart - 2013-04-05 11:52

    wait hang on.. You mean to tell me, that an officer of the law used his licensed weapon to defend himself? OMG..that is horible! how could he?? Weapons arent made for shooting!! They are meant to just stay in their holsters for show. If the officers arent gonna use their weapons, why not just replace them with rulers, so the officers can at least give the criminals a smack on the hand. And they keep telling us to be proud of our country? Pathetic.

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