Cop to plead not guilty for killing robber

2013-01-23 14:48

Durban - A police officer accused of killing a robber at a Durban fast food outlet will plead not guilty, the Pinetown Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

In his affidavit, read to the court, Captain Justice Dladla said he intended pleading not guilty to charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice, laid by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Dladla was arrested earlier on Wednesday at the Pinetown police station.

Detective Constable Ajith Krishinlall was shot dead and Detective Constable Jerome Ngoma critically injured during the robbery at the KFC branch in New Germany, Durban, on 5 October 2012.

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

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

Prosecutor Stan Miloszewski said the State needed an adjournment to get the results of ballistic tests.

Magistrate Gwendolyn Robinson released the 42-year-old officer on a warning and ordered him to return to court on 6 March.

Several police officers were in court in support of the father of five.

"He [Dladla] was on duty. What was he supposed to do? They [IPID] didn't have to handcuff him in full view of everybody at the station. That was just wrong," said an officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-23 15:12

    Cpt Dladla, i hope they award you a medal and a bigger gun!

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2013-01-23 15:14

    WTF!!! Arrested for killing a robber????? Either this story isnt making sense, or im missing something, Police Officer arrested for doing his job, Ooooo wait he was suppose to sleep on the charge office desk like the rest of them!! How silly of this Captain, he should know better than to go out in the field! They should arrest the guys from IPID for arresting this officer... Hope the Captain sue them for wrongfull arrest.

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-01-23 15:32

      janee Willie, at least you got as far to ask. Then you jump to conclusions, but you don't have all the facts. Why not wait until the state provide FACTS why they want to charge him. Then make a judgment. Thank your lucky stars that there is a body like the IPID to investigate.It is not Nazi Germany where the Gestapo could do what they want.

      Deon - 2013-01-23 17:00

      Unless he shot someone in the back he should be okay? The motorist and or business owner in Sasolsburg that killed a protestor might also be in trouble with these "new rules".

      jannie.beirowski - 2013-01-23 21:07

      Willa, I do think that it was a reasonable deduction by Willie that it was a case of kill or be killed. The fact that two cops were shot, one critically explains that he was defending himself and others. The fact that he could shoot them defines that they were not on the way out, but were remaining to complete the robbery. It was not stated whether they were masked or that there were other witnesses to the robbery, or security cameras captured the whole robbery. This means the robbers could not be identified if they were allowed to leave. As the shooting and killing of any person is a schedule 1 crime, there should be no action against Capt Dladla for doing his duty. Also keep in mind the period in time this did happen. A second, or two, or three and then decide whether he had time to think of his actions, or whether he had to act, or die.

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-23 15:15

    Jaa nee! Criminals have more rights than citizens in South Africa! Zuma's government really sucks we must get rid of him.

  • johan.peters3 - 2013-01-23 15:16

    is that the picture of capt Dladla?

  • Maverick82 - 2013-01-23 15:35

    WTF!! Come on this is BS!!! 100% behind Cpt Dladla! U did your job sir, well done, we need more people on the police force like u.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-01-23 15:37

    Thank you for killing the lazy fool, 1 down, millions to go.

  • john.plaatjies.16 - 2013-01-23 15:56

    It is ok for robbers to shot at police and do whatever they like but if police do their job by stopping them they complain or their families complain. If u rob, kill, mug people u must know u put urself in line to be killed as well. For every action their is a reaction

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-23 16:00

    If they don't do there job then it's wrong, when they do there job it's still wrong???? The criminals just burned 5 police with there lawlessness, he was doing his job, protecting not just himself but protecting the citizens from this criminal, good job SAPS

  • ChasLotter - 2013-01-23 16:05

    This is insane. Who are his superiors working for - the criminals? Capt Dladla has my full support.

  • jane.randall.1422 - 2013-01-23 16:08

    ???? Really, there is a robbery with shots fired. One policeman is killed, another injured and you are not allowed to shoot back. If policeman are not allowed to shoot back at criminals they should stop issuing guns and save on budget so they can hire more unarmed policeman. Actually this might help because criminals would have less guns since they can't get then from the police anymore.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-01-23 16:12

    I heard the shots from my house and arrived at this scene 15 minutes after it happened The suspect he shot, was running and was about 200 meters from the scene of the robbery at the KFC..! Captain Justice Dladla’s actions were justifiable in my book seeing as this thug and his accomplice had just gunned down 2 police officers in cold blood and committed an armed robbery, but sadly the state may find him guilty due to the circumstances that the suspect was running away unarmed at the time! Sad that our Police have to face these harsh penalties while trying to maintain law and order in this totally screwed up country!

      Sulette Behnke - 2013-01-24 07:44

      I think he deserves to be shot, as I believe by your story that he might have been asked to come to a halt and refused. Given that he just killed two of your colleagues I would shoot as well. He was a murderer on the loose

  • vmeiring1 - 2013-01-23 16:18

    What was he suppose to do??? Please tell us, cause it could of been the other way around

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  • Chris - 2013-01-23 16:30

    let us all support this police officer

  • marcus.steenberg.7 - 2013-01-23 16:32

    If they don't have the ballistic results why have they arrested him - first get all the information, then make the arrest. I'm a bit confused as to what happened here and why he is charged - anyone have a link to the original story?

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-01-23 16:41

    If those two constables were the ones robbing,I say Capt:Dladla you deserve an award for bravery cause not most of officers are like you. Its a good thing to get rid of criminals,than criminals getting rid of faithful officer who abide by the Oath of office they took.

  • javed.chogle - 2013-01-23 17:21

    WTF !? how are cops suppose to do their Jobs ?

  • jonathan.c.hunter - 2013-01-23 17:33

    So the guy kills two Police officers , throws down his gun and runs away , these criminals know the law but this time it backfired on them .

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-23 18:23

    good im on your side...Kill the bastards !!!

  • lj.roos - 2013-01-23 19:00

    You kill a police officer, you're a corpse walking. END OF STORY.

  • Notrax123 - 2013-01-23 19:13

    You have killed 2 members of the law - your sentence is death - sounds good. Well done Captain "Justice" Dladla, I salute you for doing your duty. I am sure that all law abiding citizens of this country cheer with every criminal dismissed to the afterlife.

  • alexandra.edwards.944 - 2013-01-23 19:33

    He is a thug, gets killed, cop gets arrested for shooting him. Zille will be asking WHY DID YOU USE LIVE AMMO

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-01-24 07:48

    I support Capt. Dladla. This man just took the life of an officer with a family who will now end up facing many difficulties and sadness because he did his job. But because the robber throws his gun down (and still runs) he's a victim? He deserves his way of death ten fold

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