ICD to visit family of teen shot by cop

2012-02-17 09:00

Johannesburg - Managers from the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) will on Friday visit the family of a teenage boy who was allegedly shot dead by a student policeman in Soweto.

IDC executive director Francois Beukman and other senior managers will visit the grieving family to offer their condolences.

Thato Mokoka, 16, was apparently shot and killed by a 41-year-old officer in Braamfischerville on Tuesday.

IDC spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Mokoka was shot outside the home of his grandmother Sybil Mokoka in Braamfischerville Phase Two.

He was shot three times: once in the back, once in the forehead, and once in the stomach.

Dlamini said a post-mortem would be done by Friday.

Gang terrorising schoolchildren

Brigadier Neville Malila said in a statement that Dobsonville police received information on Tuesday about a group of youths, alleged to be members of a gang, who were terrorising schoolchildren in the area.

They were in a room in the back yard of a Braamfischerville house with a gun.

"Members reacted on the information and searched the identified shack. One of the youths found in the shack went outside and shots were heard," said Malila.

Mokoka was found dead outside.

According to reports on Thursday, Mokoka was lying on his stomach with his hands above his head when the policeman allegedly fired.

  • Rockafela Mazzi Chiloane - 2012-02-17 09:20

    yet again police incompetence claims another life

  • Marcell - 2012-02-17 09:23

    41 year old student police thug? Thought the cutoff was 30 or 35.

      Rhimigious Percy Mhlabi - 2012-02-17 09:59

      41 years old (student)

  • Barefoot - 2012-02-17 09:42

    no longer 7 bullets? only one cop did the shooting? and what about the old lady was she there or not? I knew we would get the full story bit by bit and at the end it might completely be different from the beginning- anxiously awaiting part 3 and 4

      Stan - 2012-02-17 10:11

      whatever the story is, he is dead.

  • Simon - 2012-02-17 09:49

    Why kill an unarmed person worse lying down hands on the head sign of surrender.Trigger happy SIS

  • Warwick - 2012-02-17 10:06

    A student police man at 41? This has to be joke were it not so tragic. Probably not worked his whole life and then at the ripe old age of 41 decided to join the police. Murderers in uniform. Thug scum.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-17 11:19

    First it's a student policeman, now it's a 41 year old policeman (a student???). He was supposedly shot in front of his granny's shack. It was reported variously as 7 shots, then 5 shots and today it's three. Today's report makes it sound like a gangland execution. Could we PLEASE have an ACCURATE report

      Perfume - 2012-02-17 13:49

      An article released yesterday said the student police was 41yrs old. Who joins the police force at 41, what level of training did he receive, and why as a "student" cop is he allowed to carry a gun??????

  • Thabo - 2012-02-17 14:38

    Student it makes sence,how do u give an overgrown student a fire arm.

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