I saw no assault, cop says in shooting trial

2012-08-06 14:37

Johannesburg - A police officer on Monday denied claims that his colleagues assaulted Soweto teenager Thato Mokoka before he was shot dead.

"I did not see anyone being assaulted," Constable Clifford Mathebula testified in the South Gauteng High Court on Monday.

A 15-year-old pregnant girl told the court last week police officers beat her when they entered a shack where she, Mokoka, another boy, and a girl had been sitting.

Mathebula was present when Mokoka was shot dead outside his grandmother's house in Bramfischerville, Soweto, on February 14 this year, allegedly by student Constable Sipho Mbatha.

The 16-year-old was suspected of being part of a gang called the BWA (Boys with Advices), and of owning an illegal firearm.

Mbatha, on trial for the murder, has denied guilt. He said his rifle went off by accident while he was trying to search the teenager, who was face-down on the ground.

Last week, Mathebula told the court he had told his colleagues shortly before the shooting there was no gun in Mokoka's shack. The constable suggested they should leave, but his colleagues did not respond. Shortly thereafter, an R-5 rifle went off, killing the boy.

Mathebula identified Mbatha as the officer who held the gun over Mokoka.

The trial continues.

  • procold2 - 2012-08-06 14:50

    send this cop to jail for life, SA doesnt need rambo cops, its dangerous enouh already.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-06 15:19

      It's amazing, when we did our national service and spent almost 2 years on the borders, we carried our rifles on us 24/7 but they never, ever went "off" on their own............What crap!!

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-08-06 14:56

    i would never give a student cop a rifle out in the streets.

      Antipoaching - 2012-08-06 15:03

      The best is that this cop had been classified as "mentally" unsuitable to be issued a

      Warwick - 2012-08-06 15:37

      And to think this cop is a "student constable" in his 40's.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-08-06 15:12

    Where's the cowboy, he once told them to aim the head!!!!!!!

  • sesom - 2012-08-06 15:26

    Hang this cop idiot...Rubbish like most police today..

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-06 15:48

    The facts is that this student cop 35+ years old was found unfit to carry a fire arm before this shooting his station commander should be standing with him on these charges.

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