Soweto teen shot seven times, says aunt

2012-07-30 21:55

Johannesburg - A Soweto teenager shot dead, allegedly by a student police constable, was hit by seven bullets, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Monday.

"It was a continuous, long shot. It made a 'trrrrr' sound," his aunt Mpumi Mokoka told the court, later adding that she counted seven shots.

Sipho Mbatha is accused of killing Thato Mokoka, 16, outside his grandmother's house on February 14.

Asked how she could have counted the shots, Winnie Mokoka replied that her uncle, who washed Thato's body at the mortuary, had also counted seven bullets.

Mokoka testified that a group of police officers came knocking at her door the night of the shooting. They suspected Thato was a member of a gang called the BWA, and that he owned a firearm.

They were accompanied by two women and two boys who had apparently complained about the teenager.

Mokoka said she had pointed towards a shack.

Punched in the face

"The police then went to the shack, knocked several times before pushing in the door. A girl came running out and she stood next to me. There were other people in the shack still."

She told the court that the police entered the shack and she heard screams. When Thato emerged, a police officer punched him in the face.

Mokoka said Thato told the police he knew nothing about a gun. A woman who was with the police said Thato had a gun and people were tired of him.

Mokoka testified that a policeman held Thato down with his foot on his neck and a gun over him.

Other officers continued to search the shack. Suddenly, several gunshots were fired and it became clear Thato had been hit.

Mokoka could not identify Mbatha as the one who pulled the trigger.

Members of the Mokoka family cried while she testified.

Mbatha has claimed a gun went off when he bent over to search Mokoka.

Judge Kathleen Satchwell has approved an application by the media to record certain parts of the trial.

The case continues.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-07-30 22:17

    Is dit nodig om n ou sewe keer te skiet? Een skoot is meer as genoeg.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 22:23

      Die eerste en is om dood te skiet en die ander ses is om net sekker te maak... Daai konstabel gaan K... Eerstens moet die geweer op Safety wees. Daar geen patroon in die chamber wees. Voet op die nek... wat het van boeie geword en in die kaas van gaan sit???

  • canibus.nelis - 2012-07-30 22:22

    To dat was not a mistake police like to point gunz even if you are not a threat

  • - 2012-07-30 22:54

    At least the cop didn't shoot himself in the foot..!

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-07-30 22:59

    @canibus. what u say true. they like dat

  • thato.loeto.3 - 2012-07-31 00:25

    Shoot first then ask questions later- "The police were accompanied by two women and two boys, who had apparently raised complaints over the teenager".... now either that's one hell of a false complaint or the teen had a gun and done something with it that FOUR (4) people had to complain to POLICE about... and the fact that there is mention of a gang with a name- now that says something as well*... we complain of crime and then we complain of criminals being mistreated by Police... sometimes Democracy works against our own good.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-07-31 08:46

      Thato, 1. there is no evidence to support that he had a gun, if ther ewas the police would have publicized it long ago to take the heat off them. 2. As long as there is a rule of law it is up to courts to try and convict criminals, I hope we never see the day when a cop can legally execute an unarmed person who is under his control (had his foot on the guy's neck)so even if he was a gangster it is still not up to a cop to kill him under the circumstances. 3. I bet you'd be talking differently if it had been one of your friends or relatives that got shot by an incompetent thug in blue.

      thato.loeto.3 - 2012-07-31 12:58

      Danny if it makes you feel better- I alerted the police when someone very close to the family hand distructive ammunition in his car and he had to explain to the court how they ended up in his sparewheel compartment- judge or no judge- the law is too soft on criminals, the law should make people think twise before they engage in suspecious/ criminal activities... and like you say "there was no evidence" at the time of the raid so just let the boy go and only arrest him after he murders a few victims and destroys lives on innocent people.... that's what gangsters do.... and then you will hear how incompetent the police are and how F*ed up the ANC Government is.... like I said- democracy works against our own good

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