Cop who shot teen appears in court

2012-02-28 12:30

Johannesburg - Student constable Sipho Mbatha, who is accused of shooting dead a Soweto teenager, appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

His bail application was postponed until March 16 at the request of the State, which told the court witnesses were not available.

Mbatha, 41, was arrested on February 17 after allegedly killing 16-year-old Thato Mokoka, by shooting him, at Braamfischerville Phase Two three days earlier.

Mokoka was shot three times, apparently while lying on the ground on his stomach outside the home of his grandmother, Sybil Mokoka.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-28 12:40

    So many red flags in this saga! Lets hope the truth prevails and justice os served.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-28 13:26

    The cops will drag it out and disrupt witnesses till it goes away.

      Henning - 2012-02-28 16:25

      Kevin, don't be so negative all the time, lighten up people

  • K0BUSL - 2012-02-28 13:37

    Read "The Sowetan" - Brutal Cop (Sipho Mbatha) was not allowed to carry a Gun Also "Sergeant P Kgoale had been declared not fit to carry a firearm" before he shot Jeanette Odendaal in 2011 AND THEY WANT TO DECIDE WHETHER I AM FIT TO CARRY AND USE A FIREARM!!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-02-28 14:30

    In as much as the shooting is wrong, i think many of the sober-minded Sowetans are going to live in peace.Last week i saw the burial of this teen on tv, i've never seen such thuggery in a funeral in my life! Girls almost fully topless,filling sand in the grave,some thug who was high on something even threw something at the pastor at the graveyard. They say this person carried a gun daily and he terrorized the community, he raped,he mugged people and did various other kinds of criminal activities. I say justice served, unfortunately. If he had not died,we would be feeding him in jail through our tax or he'll be out on bail,terrorizing people.

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-28 14:34

      True story Michael, at least one person can see that. The neighbours are the culprits here too, all of a sudden they dont want the student constable to get bail yet they the ones who called the police...mxm

  • Warwick - 2012-02-28 14:51

    How can this dimwitted fool still be a student constable at 41. This in itself should be an alrm bell. Let him kill himself so the taxpayer does not hav to pay a salary of a murdering bufoon in uniform.

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  • Pen - 2012-02-28 15:31

    A student constable at the age of 41!!

  • Kimon - 2012-02-28 15:32

    He should be sentenced harshly if found guilty. Someone who is supposed to serve and protect should get a double sentence for recklessly ending a life!!!

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