Metro cop's killing condemned

2013-03-18 07:41

Johannesburg - Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Sunday called for calm following the killing of an East Rand metro police officer.

"Communities are reminded to use the government and community structures if there are concerns and not to take the law in their own hands or resort to violence," said Petros.

The official was allegedly assaulted by a businessman in Daveyton.

The man hit the officer with the fist when the metro police officers were towing his caravan, Chief Supt. Wilfred Kgasago said.

The man was allegedly operating his food stall in an area where he was not supposed to.

"The metro police officers were following on the letter of notice issued to the owner on March 13, to stop plying his trade at the spot called 'Esihlahleni' at the entrance of Daveyton from the N12 East," Kgasago said.

"When the officers tried to arrest the owner of the caravan, he lashed out with a fist on one of the officers who fell and landing with the back of his head on the ground."

The officer was declared dead at the scene.

The man was arrested and charged with murder.

  • Hare Nyobisaneng - 2013-03-18 07:52

    Yho! This country is not safe, even the cops are not safe. And we blame cops for behaving the way they are. So if the other guy who disarmed a policeman in Daveyton had killed a cop we would have moved on with our lifes ?

  • Zapadela Tista Rocha - 2013-03-18 07:57

    Throw this cretin behind bars .......

  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-18 08:00

    He ddnt min 2 kill him. Person who hired the officer mst b invistigated 4 hiring unhealthy cop.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-18 08:25

      go to hell you stupid selfish idiot

      hans.dewaal.5 - 2013-03-18 08:30

      Yes he has reached rock bottom on stupidity scale, and started digging

      Deon Louw - 2013-03-18 08:47

      Falling on one's head on a hard surface can lead to death. Maybe you can do that experiment Lawrence and tell us how it went.

      prometheus.bound.12 - 2013-03-18 08:56

      Hey Lawrence. Sounds like you fell on your head at an early age.

      liz.rudy.3 - 2013-03-18 09:01

      I agree with you Lawrence - I do not believe the business man killed him intentionally. This to me is manslaughter.

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-03-18 09:07

      I think what Lawrence may have meant is that the police officer wasn't trained in self defence properly. Police officers are supposed to be quick thinking and quick to act..

      Zirk Burger - 2013-03-18 13:15

      Lawrence go google the meaning of epidural hematoma. Its got nothing tomdo with fitness. Its one of the ways you can die when bumping your head...

  • Innocent Difference Nhubunga - 2013-03-18 08:01

    If its ur time to die u will die,even if I poke u with a finger on the face.may his soul rest in peace.

  • Alice Mathapo - 2013-03-18 08:06

    its funny the police kill and every news paper and comminity say police brutality but when police are killed by the same ppl they are to protect everyday its ok.its sims like ppl in south african dnt need saps so why u running to them for help if u dnt need them

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-18 08:07

    Iyooo imagine that, few weeks ago his resturant was demolished and he put a caravan after and i was surprised this morning when i saw police line in there *shocked* - condolences to the family of the police and the guy will have to face the wrath of the law *anyway they always served bad service in that place, just saying nje*

  • BRIAN VAN RENSBURG - 2013-03-18 08:21


  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-18 08:28

    I guess the community is satisfied to hear these great news.....nxa ...

  • Brad Hirschman - 2013-03-18 08:32

    Wow. Has everyone who commented here lost the plot? Its the cops fault, cops are unfit, shame poor businessman???? Scared he might be dragged behind a police vehicle. There is no hope for most of you with this outlook. 1. Respect the rule of law 2. the caravan shouldnt have been there 3. Ever heard of a king hit? One strike can knock ANYONE down and anyone will die if you hit the back of your head on concrete or similar. Its called the vicious circle. Show respect for a. the law b. other people and you will get respect back. There will always be rotten apples in every bag of course

      Noko MmeMmaselaelo Mokgethwa-Reagile Moloto - 2013-03-18 09:57

      Papa/mama, how many of this dragging behind a bakkie scene do you of or heard of, just this one I guess, so now are you saying all police deserve to be killed for doing their job because the community now fear being dragged, you are just so ridiculous. How many police are they going to kill then because the last time I cheched, most of the police work involves doing those things that the members of the community do not want for themselves directly. No one wants to be arrested!

  • John Plaatjies - 2013-03-18 08:33

    Its so funny that people came out in their 1000's when the taxi driver died . Not a single person said anything when a policeman was killed by only doing his job. People only want police when they needed their services. They also have families, mothers, sisters, brothers,kids friends and extended families. Not all police are bad and when a few misbehave all of a sudden everyone is bad. We need them and they need us. Let's all stand together and SA will be a wonderful place

      Richard Smith - 2013-03-18 08:56

      I feel you John,on another article about some speeding drivers who were arrested,most commenters were raging why the speeders were arrested,why the police hide and speed trap speedsters and why metro cops are fat.Sad thing is when these speedsters run over you loved ones the very same commenters scream 'why is metro not arresting these speeding drivers?'There is a whole lot of 'racial' connotation to the whole thing.

  • Alwyn Smit - 2013-03-18 08:49

    Lawrence, are u an idiot? What has this got to do with health? This is the problem with this country. Ppl have no respect for the laws & think it's ok to assault, insult & resist officials. & when officers get fed up then ppl cry police brutality. I say charge this pig with murder & when found guilty give him life behind bars. That being life until he dies in jail without parole

  • Alwyn Smit - 2013-03-18 08:50


  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2013-03-18 08:51

    Now the community are taking the law into their own hand,because they know very well if the police can retaliate the minister will suspend the metro police. So officers now will have to die while his performing duty. May his soul rest in peace. The man must be charged with resisting arrest,assault with intent to do bodily harm,(no culpable homicide) Murder must be the main charge and I want to see these case get media coverage like that one for Macia,Tatane,Mkoka,and Marikana Massacre

      Naphtali Khutso - 2013-03-18 09:07


      Will Macquire - 2013-03-18 09:08

      I wonder if we will see the same community toyi toyi and all the high profile people at the murderers court appearance as they did for the taxi driver? If they dont,then it means they want to live in anarchy where there are no policemen. Waiting to see.

  • Alwyn Smit - 2013-03-18 08:56

    So u actually wish harm to police officers in general? Not all are bad. Im glad I left the police so I dont have to serve scum like you any longer.

      Noko MmeMmaselaelo Mokgethwa-Reagile Moloto - 2013-03-18 09:41

      Exactly, this is what they are going to do and hide behind all the things that we see on TV!

  • Bra N'Darkie - 2013-03-18 09:03

    This reminds me of the Moroccan street vendor the burnt himself after his his buzness was moved off the street by cops, setting the stage for a revolution. Just shows how hard live is out there, ppl will go to extreme lengths to protect their livelihoods. Given the the Macia's story this buznesman should have been scared to even touch a cop but out of frustration he did... Condolences to the cops family and all the man in uniform... But I don't think this guy intended to kill the cop

  • Tanya Van Zyl - 2013-03-18 09:05

    i just think they are playing an eye for an eye

  • Trevor Mashilo - 2013-03-18 09:10

    Ke Mike Tyson Tjooo

  • Tracy Masemola - 2013-03-18 09:10

    Something needs to be done...

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-03-18 09:15

    Daveyton again!war bettween cops n community is far from over in tht place

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-03-18 09:24

    We have to abide by the rules and laws as set out by the governments, Traffic rules and Business permit laws etc. Rest In Peace Soldier. May God heal the families of this Officer.

      Will Macquire - 2013-03-18 09:32

      Indeed. Serving a thankless,populist community.

  • Aquila Mokwena - 2013-03-18 09:31

    This is sad regardless how you look at it,COPS should be trained how to handle difficult members of our society and sadly they thrive with aggression which is not the best in all scenarios.It is also not a secret that almost a quarter of our police force is unfit for duty and lack proper training.Only training they ever do is with guns.. I doubt the business man intended to kill the man,condolenses to the metro cop

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-03-18 09:35

    Whilst I dont condone Police killing anyone unless their lives are in danger (just like any ordinary citizen is allowed) - there seems to be no respect for the law in SA anymore. The Marikana miners were on an illegal strike - armed with deadly weapons - and charged at the police - eventually resulting in the death of 34 of them. If they had obeyed the law, not been on an illegal strike, not been armed, and not charged the police - nobody would have been killed. Mido Mecia parked his taxi in a no parking zone on the wrong side of the road and then disobeyed the police orders to move the taxi. He then resisted arrest - before being tied to the back of the police van. If he had moved his taxi he would still be alive today. This "Businessman" aka "Thug" was breaking the law, ignored a written notification to stop operating in the area illegally, refused to obey an instruction from the police to move his caravan - and then attacked a policeman who was trying to do his job and apprehend a criminal. It is understandable that the police are behaving more and more violently, because the average South African seems to think that it is their constitutional right to do whatever they want - irrespective of what law they are breaking - and refuse to obey police instructions. I am aware that there are plenty of corrupt and violent police --- but these incidents to only deteriorated into violence because of the private citizens actions - which showed a total contempt for the law.

  • Hummy Ramukhuvhathi - 2013-03-18 09:37

    A police is killed no headlines about it...but if the criminal dies is a long story...

  • Beverley Langkilde - 2013-03-18 09:37

    Perhaps we need REAL police, you know, the ones that go for fitness training. If I look around now days, there are only fat, lazy, uniformed arrogant, racist idiots. All they do is make trouble, sit on their rear ends and collecting on bribes! The so called policeman had to have, as always, fueled the fire! Attitude is what causes this sort of incident, if the police used more courtesy toward the public this incident would not have happened!

      Esme Munzhedzi - 2013-03-18 10:01

      i dnt agree with u on this one,y through a fist to someone doing their job ppl of today have health issues so before u do anything stupid so that ppl around will praise u,think twice,,,now sir u wnt only be evicted from selling ur food in that place only u will also be allowed 2 stay in a good place to be on earth that is prison

      Riaan Coetzee - 2013-03-18 10:08

      Except for me, I am a thin, hard working, informed, humble, liberal, genius....:)

      Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2013-03-18 14:21

      Beverly you don't sound mentally fit to comment.

  • Tshepo Motsitsi - 2013-03-18 09:42

    I'm shocked! This happened in South Africa? South Africa is NOT a violent country. Our benevolent President Zuma says so and he would never lie to us!

      Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-03-18 09:59

      Why does he need a bunker and bodyguards then?

  • Esme Munzhedzi - 2013-03-18 10:04

    proof someone's point south african ppl r violent not only blacks and whites as well

  • Peasant McPoor - 2013-03-18 10:05

    For me (because my friends and I have been assualted by pigs)- u are guilty until proven innocent. Therefore I am of the opinion that the pig instigated the attack.but we will never the truth anyway!

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-03-18 10:10

    What going to happen to his family (owner of caravan)? metro they should have not even come to remove him from that place now, bcos was not going to be use isnt for other business people. He was triying to give his family a living as he is not working,we are tired to of SA laws. it means these metros/officer they dont have anything beside going to remove hawkers from the street, it means these selling people arenot entired to South African space/land. Come guyz this is not supposed to be like this our leaders() put it loud & clear that empowered ourself by making other plan. We can depend on our govern since works with relatives only, what if I dont have somebody inside to make plans 4me to get work?. Metro should have learn from last yr strike of hawker n stay away from this rubbish law n do what is rite 4them. More than 80% SA are not working and some are parents, wakeup gyz reall. People with government is like they are not supposed to beaten/arrested Y Y? if they wrong they must face the result klaar assomblief tog. Last police did very stupid stupi action n is not arrested, Petros please cleanup your dept n the one for SAPS.

      Noko MmeMmaselaelo Mokgethwa-Reagile Moloto - 2013-03-18 10:44

      Do you think those metro cops sent themselves there, don't think so. When you are at your workplace doing your job who blames and kills you?

      Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-03-18 10:57

      Put yourself being a daughter or wife of that metro cop,remember the seller was given a notice that metro cop was following the court order let's not justify the hawker action.

      Msika Bopha - 2013-03-18 12:26

      Thank you for your comment Ntombizodwa, now please go back to your caravan, your customer's are waiting...

      Sam Masuku - 2013-03-18 15:14

      English please

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-18 10:20

    Lawlessness here we come. Police behaviour must account to this unwarranted death

  • Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-18 10:51

    I'm sorry to say this but one punch and the guy is dead! Was the metro cop on ARV's?

      Kevin Vandayar - 2013-03-18 11:43

      He did not die from the punch personification of illiteracy. Too quick too comment, not quick enough in reading the ENTIRE STORY. And SO WHAT if bhe was on ARV's, are you discriminating against people who are HIV Positive???

      Msika Bopha - 2013-03-18 12:28

      Your ignorance is unbelievable really. So what if he was on ARV's?

      mdolomba.mnguni1 - 2013-03-18 12:29

      Peejay, it is not the punch that killed the cop, it's the awkward landing to the ground. I get your sense of humour but sometimes a very heavy punch can cause such damage as often witnessed inside the boxing ring. RIP Officer.

      Jennifer Nda - 2013-03-18 12:51

      u are an idiot!

      Phindile Zina - 2013-03-18 13:04

      You're a fool of non-description!

  • Philani Nsibande - 2013-03-18 11:07

    if it was a civilian who died, it would be on international news. South African residents dnt give a damn about police

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-18 11:24

    Condolences to his family, poor man he was just doing his job.

      Kevin Vandayar - 2013-03-18 11:48

      The only decent comment. In addition, he was acting on order received from delegation of authority. There was no need to be violent and barbaric and resist arrest YET AGAIN! If street vendors have a problem with these rules they shoudl take it up with government and not out on law enforcement!

      Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2013-03-18 14:18

      Enforcing by-law was one of the metro police job,but the person in question he supposed to take his problem with the local municipality not taking the law into his own hand by killing an officer who was assigned to execute his duty.

  • Madlenya Bhekuzulu Masuku - 2013-03-18 11:57

    Bylaws sometimes are an element of economical constraints. Esihlahleni was means of justified meagre means of earning a living counter unemployment scourge. I suppose patrons were not forced to enjoy the service. These bylaws need to be amended to be small business conscious for a living from justified service rendered.

  • Madlenya Bhekuzulu Masuku - 2013-03-18 12:03

    The same bylaws should promote and assist small business to formal compliance than to demolish such businesses. We have an acute state of unemployment at stake now. If there are people who initiate efforts for earning a living the bylaws should improvise means of their compatitive sustainability and compliance to the concerned laws.

  • mdolomba.mnguni1 - 2013-03-18 12:50

    How many people know anything about the by-laws? And how many people will sit and suck their thumbs while their children are hungry? What is the unemployment rate is SA? Of course ignorance of the law is no excuse but I feel our govt needs to do more than just being reactive. I feel sorry and sad for both sets of families who have both lost their bread winners. PS: stop comparing what happened to Macia and what happened to this cop. These are two very different incidents and both involving different agencies. SAPS is not Metro Police!!!

  • Jillian Alcott - 2013-03-18 15:18

    It is assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm; the businessman obviously did not intend to kill the officer. Culpable homicide at best.

  • andre.nel.106 - 2013-03-18 18:13

    this wonderful members of SA if the police act to the hostile members of public, it is police brutality. If the taxi driver did not resist arrest he stil be alive today ,the government must make resisting arrest 5 year imprisonment then the public will stop the bull...

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