Cops fired over tussle with photographer

2012-01-09 19:31

Pretoria - Two police officers who tried to arrest a Pretoria News photographer when he took pictures of them arresting a suspected thief have been dismissed, police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonell Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the two Pretoria Central police officers - Constable Tshepo Marerathi and student Constable Thapelo Moganedi - were dismissed following an internal disciplinary hearing.

The dismissals relate to an incident in February when Pretoria News chief photographer Masi Losi rushed out of the building to take pictures of a mob which had caught a suspected thief.

Police arrived and arrested the suspect but then, according to a Pretoria News staffer who spoke to Sapa at the time, the two officers turned on Losi and tried to take his camera.

The Pretoria News reported on Monday that a disciplinary inquiry had found the two guilty of assault and robbery.

The newspaper quoted provincial trial unit disciplinary officer Captain Israel Mulovhedzi as saying the policemen had indicated that they would appeal their dismissal.

They have 10 days to appeal the decision, which was made known to them on Friday. They still face criminal charges and will appear in court on February 15.

The Independent Complaints Directorate was tasked with investigating the case against them.

An ICD spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Daniel - 2012-01-09 19:40

    Ai ai...silly guys...stupid guys...

  • Comrade - 2012-01-09 19:40


      George - 2012-01-09 20:08

      Fired and then appeal will take years, All on full pay an benefits

      Comrade - 2012-01-09 20:21

      So right George and SO SAD ....its the cANCer scumbag way. Take Take Take Take Gimme Gimme Gimme .. It wasnt me .. Appeal ...Appeal...Wanst me....

  • Frik - 2012-01-09 19:48

    Thanks god the justice system still works

      Adrian - 2012-01-10 07:51

      On rare occasions.

  • Robi - 2012-01-09 19:50

    Poor policemen, Victims of poor training.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-01-09 19:56

      especially after being denied education by Apartheid.

      aarchaic - 2012-01-09 20:02

      Poloyatonki please grow up! 17 years into the new democracy we need to let go of this you did that we did this attitude and leave the YOU OWE US THIS attitude and start working together to build a propper nation we all can live in! its 18 years later you cant go around blaminig everything on appartheid anymore start looking at yourself and say what can i do to help my fellow South African Black indian coloured white blue purple and make this country a place we all want to live in!

      Anthony - 2012-01-09 20:15


      Hennie - 2012-01-10 09:13

      Hoy Poloyatonki. And you must have been one of the "peeple" denied education.

      Deon - 2012-01-10 09:56

      Poly we had better educated leaders during apartheid than now. No one is above the law, not the police and not even Mr Zuma.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-09 19:53


  • Mantsho - 2012-01-09 20:33

    Poor training and bad understanding of thing.

  • Piet - 2012-01-09 20:33

    While the going is good fire the BLUELIGHT BRIGADE please.....

  • Cracker - 2012-01-09 20:53

    We need the evidence and findings to be made public. Perhaps they are. Let's see exactly what went wrong. It is owed to the public. Then we can make up our own minds. That is how trust is inculcated. In the longer term we will all be much better off. Just a suggestion and without the benefit knowing how exactly the situation came to be what it is now and the facts in it.

  • Charles - 2012-01-09 21:00

    Poloyatonki, you only deserve one answer... F..O!

  • Drogo - 2012-01-10 14:41

    This is eye-fluff by the SAP. They will reinstate them soon, without any public knowledge. That will not be dependant on the outcome of their appeal. They will probably be reinstated with bonus and higher salary as well.

  • Drogo - 2012-01-10 14:58

    Now that I come to think of it: the police always have a problem with cameras. It happens all the time and everytime that people with cameras are harressed by the police and bullied and intimidated and the pictures deleted or destroyed. It seems to be police policy or training instruction. And they say we are living in a democracy? Makes one seriously wonders....

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