Cop in court for student’s murder

2013-06-03 16:49
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Johannesburg - A policeman accused of shooting dead a student appeared in the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said.

Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the case against Constable Emanuel Ngobeni, 30, was postponed to Tuesday for judgment on his bail application.

He allegedly shot dead 22-year-old Gopolang Ngobeni in Randfontein on 25 May.

He and four other Tshwane University of Technology students were travelling from the Soshanguve campus to a funeral in Mohlakeng when they got lost and decided to follow a security company's vehicle.

"After the security vehicle made a U-turn at a cul-de-sac, the students also made a U-turn. While driving towards a Caltex garage with the intention of asking for directions, another security vehicle from the same company cut in front of them," said Dlamini.

"Both security vehicles stopped next to a marked [police] vehicle. The students drove on to the filling station. It is alleged that within a short space of time, the police vehicle with its blue light on, as well as the security vehicles, followed the students to the filling station."

The police ordered the group to get out of their car. A policeman allegedly shot Ngobeni with an R-5 rifle as he was getting out of the car. He died on the scene.
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