Cop kills son's mom over Xmas present

2011-12-04 20:27

KwaMhlanga - A policeman has been charged with shooting dead the mother of his child when she asked for money to buy the boy some clothes for Christmas.

Constable Moses Skhosana, 30, is accused of using his service pistol to kill Bathabile Masilela, 23, and injure his 4-year-old son and the boy's grandmother in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, on November 26.

He was remanded in custody by the KwaMhlanga Magistrate’s Court last week and will apply for bail this coming Friday.

Skhosana has not been asked to plead to a charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the constable handed himself over to KwaMhlanga police on the same day as the incident.

Hlathi said the provincial commissioner’s office was in the process of instituting internal disciplinary action against Skhosana.

“The suspect will be informed of the process and his outcome will be announced once the process is finalised,” said Hlathi. 

  • Sharon - 2011-12-04 20:39

    These are the ppl sworn to protect us? Don't they evaluate them before they get a service pistol? Jeez I hope the requirements are a little more strict than checking if they have an index finger with which to pull the trigger. This fellow obviously is psychologically off kilter. Small wonder I am as afraid of the police as I am of the criminals.

      Dave - 2011-12-05 06:28

      As you say Sharon if these are the guys that are to protect us i would hate to bump into the guys on the other side of the law.

      John - 2011-12-05 08:43

      sharon this is the second article that i have read this morning involving a policeman,at the rate we going the goverment will need to employ private security to do the police work.

  • Gareth - 2011-12-04 20:47

    There is something fundamentally wrong with people the world over for them to mindlessly kill someone else regardless of what the cause or reasons for it was,you can't legislate for this kind of behaviour ever.It's pathetic to think how low some South Africans have become that they would stoop this low in their individual character.The killings have gotten to the point of utter and total dismay honestly.

  • Dave - 2011-12-04 20:51

    Who in the SAPS responsible for allowing a patently unfit person to have a firearm? But the government is hell bent on depriving law abiding citizens the RIGHT to defend themselves.

  • Jaba - 2011-12-04 21:01

    must be metro dpt cop. they don't like to spend their hard earned bribe money

  • Devon Roman - 2011-12-04 21:06

    This is just a damn shame! Killing a person, much less the mother of your child over a simple request like money for a Christmas gift just shows how low our society has sunk. Let him fry for his crime!!

  • Paul - 2011-12-04 21:14

    the rot goes from the national commissioner ( the last 2 I might add ) right down to a constable, 160000 police members, 40000 that dont have a valid senior certificate, and 20000 that dont have a valid drivers license, 990 members were charged with criminal acts ranging from murder, fraud, rape corruption ( the list goes on ), 400 members were dismissed from the 'Force" in the last year,the 'blue light brigade" that kill and injure innocent civillians and dont let me start with the metro police ! Its a F**king circus!!!

      Vicky - 2011-12-04 21:24

      More like an F-ing tragedy, Paul. A circus suggests that it may be funny or entertaining...

  • Lynn - 2011-12-04 21:27

    And this is the type of person we are supposed to go to for help. Don't they screen applicants for psychological problems.

  • Alicia - 2011-12-04 21:37

    bring back the DEATH penalty.!!!!

  • Dave - 2011-12-04 21:42

    Will the Ringmaster of this Disgraceful National Circus please stand up. WE,THE TAX PAYING PUBLIC DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY.

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  • Richard Stockenström - 2011-12-04 22:17

    WTF is Xmas?! Very professional News24. Christmas isn't a difficult word!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-05 07:01

      Some people think Christ is a swear word, Richard. But I reckon he is one of the best okes I've ever known. He would not let money dictate to us.

  • linda.baisley - 2011-12-05 07:27

    2 of the people sworn to protect us were involved in murdering this weekend so sad for us all for those who trusted them and those who need them.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-05 07:57

    Another black policeman showing us how just how thorough the system is with regards to our safety. South Africa is well and truly in a police state where maniacs with guns are allowed to run amok on the streets while we risk our safety being on those streets. Third world Africa.

      Oceanh - 2011-12-05 08:21

      lets not make this about race Sharkshoot, other policemen from different ethnic groups are just as bad, lets not forget, who "pulled the trigger" in the Chanelle Henning case........ a white police

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-05 08:34

      You better hope you never get pulled over one day. It's a 50/50 chance that you don't end up in a cell because you refused to pay a bribe. Good luck.

  • Vivian - 2011-12-05 08:29

    Wow, absolutely insane, something as innocent as a Christmas present for a four year old gets one killed now days, where has the love gone. Now that little kid is gonna have a real crappy festive season and will be scarred for life........

  • Garth - 2011-12-05 09:09

    `. . . the provincial commissioner’s office was in the process of instituting internal disciplinary action against Skhosana. “The suspect will be informed of the process and his outcome will be announced once the process is finalised,” said Hlathi.' That is the problem here. Above the law that governs the normal man. The useless anc filled their ignorant supporters' vacant heads with the idea that they were above apartheid laws and that these laws did not apply to them. This has assisted in retaining their vote as these ignorants still believe that the struggle is ongoing. Internal Disciplinary Action? W T F, he committed a murder. He shot his son too, F F Sakes! Make yourselves accountable useless anc for the mess that this country is in.

  • Colourless - 2011-12-05 09:29

    That's so sad. She just wanted to make her child smile. :(

  • BenadeCeleste - 2011-12-05 09:34

    The police mean absolutely nothing to me. I actually feel more at risk in an emergency situation with them around, than without.

  • Johhnys_Place - 2011-12-05 09:37

    For some people a life means absolutely nothing... why on earth getting killed for asking money to buy a present for a child ?????? This is MURDER period, but whatever happens to this constable will not change the fact that this child is now motherless and ANOTHER senseless death caused by an irisponsable person extending his macho-ness with a gun !!! There are sooooo many examples of these cases... The meaning of life has no meaning left !

  • mad.padda - 2011-12-05 09:57

    News 24 - What is XMAS?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-05 10:19

    It gives me such great pleasure to be able to email these sort of articles to friends in the overseas press. The overseas community lap this sort of thing up.

  • Jason - 2011-12-15 15:02

    PS - I do not have any trust in our SAPS, they are the worst bunch of fat, under qualified, lazy thieving scum I have come across in my life as a SA Citizen!!

  • charockthony - 2012-01-01 11:34

    Your known people , must see who should be an police man and see if have right to have an gun , because anothers when get hunger they use it to take stress out !

  • charockthony - 2012-01-01 11:37

    I shoooo he is having girlfriend out side to spend cash with her so this way he takes his wife like any animal that's wrong , please after jop keep the guns in police station

  • juanita.steenkamp3 - 2012-01-18 16:01

    What happend why didnt he kill himself like all the other cops!!!! Cos thats what has been going on lately!!!!

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