No arrests yet for teen's killing - ICD

2012-02-16 09:00

Johannesburg - No one has been arrested for the killing of a Soweto teenager, apparently by a student policeman, the Independent Complaints Directorate said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the investigation was still in its early stages.

"A police student constable was guarding the victim, but no one saw exactly what happened. We are busy taking statements."

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said a murder case had been opened.

"We have handed the matter over to the Independent Complaints Directorate."

Thato Mokoka, 16, was shot five times, apparently at point blank range, while he was lying down.

Dobsonville police had raided the boy's home after neighbours told them he had an unlicensed gun.

The Star reported on Thursday that Mokoka was lying on his stomach with his hands above his head when the policeman fired.

He was killed outside the home of his grandmother, Sybil Mokoka, in Bramfisherville Phase 2 on Tuesday night. The boy was a Grade 9 pupil at Kgatelopele Secondary School.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-16 09:03

    I dont know anymore,on the one hand I really do want real criminals to be dealt with,but I really cant condone this sort of behaviour, If he was lying on the ground then why was he shot?

      procold2 - 2012-02-16 09:09

      ja you right ellie this is how they sould deal with rapists, murderers poachers and hijackers but a 16yr old kid, i think the cops involved here are in deep trouble.

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-02-16 09:18

      And to make the matter worse they didn't find the unlicensed Gun they were looking for.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-16 09:19

      cos the new student cop was trigger happy or lackng in training? i condone our governance...

      MoAfrika - 2012-02-16 10:10

      This people targets the weak and try to triumph on their weakness, i mean what possible danger can one impose while they are lying under your foot facing down without any power nor weapon? Are the neighbours happy???

  • Andre - 2012-02-16 09:16

    If this was another case of police brutality, hammer them. But, wait until the law takes it course before we judge. The police are walking targets these days and also have a right to defend themselves!

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-16 09:24

      @ Andre most of the time and im not saying all the time but most of the time policwe are targeted at a time they are probably doing something they are not supposed to be doing like going to a shebeen during working hours in a patrol car,what do you think would happen in that instance? There are good cops out there but the bad ones seem to outnumber the ones that are willing to do their jobs

      Warwick - 2012-02-16 09:36

      The law will never take its course. This is boetie boetie stuff here. The docket will vanish, the case will drag on for years, the cops will be suspended on full pay or nor suspended at all. The family will be intimidated etc. The cops will have the best attornies available and the family will struggle to afford one. Nothing will come of this. I hope I am wrong.

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 14:57

      Against a 16 year old boy lying on his stomach with his hands visible and no gun in sight - or stashed away! Please, Andre, think about it.

  • Derrick - 2012-02-16 09:39

    This lunatic of a "policeman" had a girlfriend problem with the deceased.

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-16 09:44

      That too is a possibilty,but then again possibilities are endless here i suppose we have to wait and see what transpires before forming an opinion

  • Bruce Ryan - 2012-02-16 09:42

    Lack of training on the polices part & what is a trainee/student cop handling a gun for? Disgrace!!!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-16 09:50

      That is exactly my question! I thought only qualified cops got to carry guns....this is scarey.

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  • Naledi Maleme - 2012-02-16 10:00

    lets not start by blaming the student constable...Why cant we think that the teenager threatened the student as it was made clear that the teenager had an unlicensed firearm

      Janice - 2012-02-16 10:17

      READ properly!!!

      phillipa.mill - 2012-02-16 10:48

      He was lying down on the ground...What possible threat could this child be...Disgusting trigger happy cop

      zamom - 2012-02-16 11:34

      Where is the clearity about the unlicenced gun? The only info we have is that the neighbours said he had an unlicenced gun, as to whether he actually had one or not, there is nothing in the story about that.

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 15:02

      Made clear by whom, Naledi Malemi? A disgruntled or spiteful neighbour? If some unarmed someone broke into my home and I shot him - 5 TIMES - what would happen to me? I'd be locked up immediately.

  • Ig - 2012-02-16 10:32

    If it was a civilian he would have been in jail long ago, "buddies look after each other" - Cele's children. Talking of that. If it was a politicians kid, the cop would have been removed from duty LONG ago.

  • Jay - 2012-02-16 10:47

    Dear Minister of Police = Nathi Mthetwa? This IS NOW YOUR PROBLEM. Be a MAN & SOLVE IT. GO ASAP TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY NOW - I insist as a TAXPAYER who pays YOUR SALARY and YOUR PERKS. Do not keep quiet for 7 days to comment, like all SA Cabinet Ministers. TAKE ACTION NOW. Or else RESIGN in DISGUST at your USELESS MINISTRY. News like this will reverberate accross the world, just watch. Sad day for South Africa, I am so ashamed. I Rest My case.

      Patsy - 2012-02-16 15:04

      Well said, Jay. I totally agree.

  • Siza - 2012-02-16 11:03

    Where I stay we live in fear of so-called school children, who have attitudes that are more dangerous than the guns they carry. I will be very carefull to jump to any conclusions about what happened here. These boys - and girls - are dangerous because they have been influenced by reckless mindsets in the absence of their parents.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-16 11:05

    So, do you trust a cop at front your door? If its not a blue light gang, or some thug in SAPS uniforms robbing a shop, then its a legitimate cop that will kill you. Just a thought, but do I shoot first or ask for his ID? SAPS is setting a president of corruption, mismanagement incompetence; and shoot first, ask questions later.

  • richard.galpin - 2012-02-16 11:14

    If this scholar was shot by a student policeman then all should be told why it was necessary to empty the gun into him, when only one shot was needed if the policemans life was endangered and WHAT IS A STUDENT POLICEMAN DOING WITH A LOADED WEAPON. What has happened to the phrase taught to all employees in the protection services (Police and Army) "Always use the minimum force necessary to quell the situation"

  • Patsy - 2012-02-16 14:55

    I can't help wondering if due punishment will ever be handed out. No doubt, as usual, some excuse will be made and the murderer merely receive a slap on the wrist. Enough already!!!! S Africans have had enough of this B.S.

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