Road rage case: Metro cop free

2012-09-13 21:01

Johannesburg - A case of attempted murder against a metro police officer who shot and wounded a motorist was dismissed by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday, metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the case was "thrown out" by the court.

"The [Johannesburg metro police]... are of the view that the officer acted in self-defence. There will be no further disciplinary steps taken against the officer."

The off-duty officer shot the motorist after he pointed a firearm at him in an apparent road rage incident.

Minnaar said the cars of the 24-year-old motorist and the officer collided at the Christiaan de Wet and John Vorster intersection in Honeydew.

The officer was with his girlfriend, a police officer, in the car.

The motorist allegedly grabbed the policewoman's firearm and pointed it at the metro police officer. The officer reached for his own firearm and shot the motorist in the leg.

Minnaar said the man was in a stable condition in hospital.

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-09-13 21:43

    your life is worth nothing in this country

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-09-13 22:01

    Metro police officer acted in self-defence I understand and the court decision was reasonable. But why are we not hearing what happened to the motorist because he disarmed the police officer and he pointed the fire arm to the metro police. Did they charged his asssss for that two offense?

  • raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-09-13 22:19

    It makes a person wonder if the police woman is ever capable of carrying a firearm considering that an unarmed motrist disarmed her. It is not clear whether the police officer was off duty or just came off her duties, if she was off duty her firearm should have been concealed. Is it possible that a traffic officer and his girlfriend a police officer made a statement together to win the case since this motorist was alone? What or who was the cause of the road rage?

      wally.williams.148 - 2012-09-14 04:03

      Hi Raj, glad someone else spotted this issue. Mr Mukhovha insinuates that the other driver is for some or other sinister reason not prosecuted. We'll need to see about that after this episode. He is the one who ended up shot in the leg. We don't have all the facts, but I do question the fact that the driver got hold of the fire-arm of this policewoman. Why? How? What was she doing? If he wanted to shoot he could. Why not? What was his intent in pointing that fire-arm? I do not know who the other driver is and it does not matter but there is a smeell to all of this that is not very fresh. I believe that the circumstances presented to be favourable to the Metro Cop and his gf. I am not convinced that the State's decision not to prosecute - which is what I understand all of this to imply - was all based on legal principles as read with all the circumstances/facts, or the investigation was poor and not guided properly by the Prosecutor(s). Just for the record, the Court does not throw anything out. The State decides on Prosecution or not. If the Prosecutor withdraws a charge the Court - the Judicial Officer - has no authority to intervene. Where the decision is based on available evidence it is either withdrawn before plea by the State or after plea the Court will pronounce a verdict - guilty or not. I hope that some readers and journo's will pick up on this as it does create the wrong impressions of our Courts' operation and integrity.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-13 22:27

    "thrown out"....but he still has a bullet in his leg????

  • Robin - 2012-09-14 04:45

    JMP is the scum of Gauteng. Scum protect scum. Corrupt to the core.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-14 05:11

    Case closed??

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-09-14 05:35

      Yep! Just check the photo...they are "Special"

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-14 07:47

    hahaha!! ridiculous... first of all, the young man who did it was asking for it, you don't rip out a police officers gun and not expect the officer to react... its totally stupid of him...

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-09-14 08:36

    To say that this smells bad is an understatement of note! The cop's side of the story is just the type of stupid poppycock that a 14 year old would make up if her were in trouble. Were there no other witnesses???? FFS!!!!

  • Msika - 2012-09-14 10:55

    But, why did this moron dissarm the police officer off her firearm?

  • jackie.botha.10 - 2012-10-03 13:53

    "The officer was with his girlfriend, a police officer, in the car" So a 24 year old lad had the opportunity to grab the girlfriends gun. Whilst there is another metro cop right beside her? How terrible is the police officers defense? And now the case just gets thrown out. Swop the story around and that boy would've been locked up now. Scary that our cops of today is as fat as busses, can't run a 100 meters without getting tired. And very sad that she can't even keep her fire arm safe.

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