Murder-accused cop to apply for bail

2013-06-03 11:19
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Johannesburg - A policeman accused of shooting dead a Tshwane University of Technology student is expected to apply for bail in the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The 30-year-old officer faces a charge of murder after he allegedly shot dead 22-year-old Gopolang Ngobeni in Randfontein on 25 May.

Ngobeni and four other students were travelling from the Soshanguve campus to a funeral when they got lost and decided to follow a security company's vehicle.

“After the security vehicle made a U-turn at a cul-de-sac, the students also made a U-turn. While driving towards a Caltex garage with the intention of asking for directions, another security vehicle from the same company cut in front of them,” said Dlamini.

“Both security vehicles stopped next to a marked [police] vehicle. The students drove on to the filling station."

The police vehicle, with its blue light on, and the security vehicles, apparently followed the students to the filling station.

The police ordered the group to get out of the vehicle. The policeman allegedly shot Ngobeni with an R5 rifle while he was getting out of the car. The student died on the scene.

The vehicle the students were travelling in was searched and nothing illegal was found.
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