Student cop arrested for killing teen

2012-02-17 14:55

Johannesburg - A student constable accused of killing a teenage boy in Soweto was arrested on Friday, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said.

"A suspect was arrested about 40 minutes ago," ICD executive director Francois Beekman said shortly after 14:00.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed the 41-year-old student constable had been arrested.

"The arrest has been carried out," he said.

Beekman formed part of a senior delegation from the ICD who visited the scene of the crime and paid their respects to the teen's family on Friday.

Thato Mokoka, 16, was apparently shot dead by the constable in Bramfischerville Phase Two on Tuesday.

He had been shot three times apparently while lying on the ground on his stomach.

The incident happened outside the home of his grandmother Sybil Mokoka.

The boy apparently lived alone in a shack at the back of the property.

The student constable would appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder on Monday, Beekman said.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 15:06

    I hope the real truth comes out and the appropriate justice follows. Something doesnt add up in this story and until all info is available its just a "story".

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-17 15:17

      news24 is full of stories

      Gary - 2012-02-17 17:04

      It is true Shirly, it is only a story till the truth comes out.

      molelle1 - 2012-02-17 19:13

      WELL SAID SHIRLEY. One Police Official that I know was killed by criminals last week becouse he was soft. The matter was not even discused in the media. I start to wonder if media is fear.

      Marion - 2012-02-18 10:23

      From what I read this kid was abused from the moment the cops arrived. My son is about to turn 16 and the thought that such injustice could be meted against him makes my skin crawl with fear.

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-17 15:08

    Is unfair to the family of the boy may his soul RIP. why arrest the COP shot him in the head and say he was trying to escape then is case close.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-17 15:22

      Agree 100% - sickening waste

  • Josh - 2012-02-17 15:11

    Bail will be set at R5. Case adjourned. Child forgotten with the rest of those murdered by our boys and girls in blue.

      Glyn - 2012-02-17 19:50

      Was his name Stompie?

      Wouter - 2012-02-18 12:14

      @Josh - You're an idiot. Ask any cop what his biggest fear is and he'll tell you it's causing the death of an innocent person or a family member. Have you ever wondered why cops are such hard-asses? Try working a double-shift in Hillbrow a few weekends in a row and having to fight armed criminals on their own terms. It's a thankless job. This constable must have his day in court and tried accordingly. So if you think you can do better, go to your local police station and get in contact with the CPF. They're always short of good people and you seem to have the requisite balls.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-17 15:15

    GOOD! now let the probing begin... in jail of course!

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-17 15:16

    41 year old student cop? Hey? So when and why did he decide to join the police? Is it just because he could not get another job and somebody arranged this one for him? What was he arrested for? Murder or for taking his commanders words of "Shoot to kill" as an instruction?

      MoAfrika - 2012-02-17 15:28

      I wonder what was he doing the rest of his life...practising in front of the mirror how will he shoot his 1st minor victim dead...weak people

      nqobileshammy.kekana - 2012-08-01 15:55

      to begin with his commander didn't approve giving him the gun. so he was given the gun by someone else who thought the commander was just insane. now look where it got them now. it is not bheki cele's fault that the student is unfit for carrying a gun

  • Vincent - 2012-02-17 15:17

    a 41 year old student please someone tell me the criteria when recruiting police officers. We need to look at the recruitment criteria used by SAPS to appoint new police officers, clearly this guy (police officer student 41) is mentally does not know how to react in these kind of situation even a 22 yr old could have reacted in a matured and professional manner than a 41yr old student

  • Thulisa - 2012-02-17 15:17

    The sad part is that no one has yet proven if the 16 yr old was guilty of any crime, he allergedly had an unlicensed gun which was not even found! The guy is 41 and still training to be a policeman, my bet is he shot that boy to prove to himself that its not too late to start a career! Egomaniac!

      Thelma - 2012-02-17 15:23

      Have to agree with you.

  • Deon - 2012-02-17 15:23

    It is about time this person was arrested.

  • Moss - 2012-02-17 15:24

    41 year old student,no wonder he is such a shame.......

  • James - 2012-02-17 15:36

    Student at 41 he should have been on retirement already!!LOL

  • Serame - 2012-02-17 15:42

    @@Sargon...There are no basis to arrest the commander..if you read the report carefully you'll notice that the riffle was on automatic setting..and this ould mean that the Student policeman could have mishandled the riffle and it automaticaly unleashed seven rounds of which only three went direct to the victim..However it puzzles on what is the criteria used to recruit police officers..surely sum1 must be examined and screened prior to being afforded such a big responsibility as that of a police officers..

      Daaivark - 2012-02-17 17:15

      Where does it say it was a rifle on automatic ???? WTF are you smoking ???

  • gaeleen - 2012-02-17 15:52

    Maybe SAPS should be held accountable they should admit that they need to train their members better before giving them weapons. That is why the calibre of policeman has declined - the teaching is flawed; they are inadequately prepared; oh could go on and on BUT it does not help the child nor does it help the shooter - both lives are over and the ones at the top walk away.............sad

  • Steve - 2012-02-17 15:52

    Are 'student' cops allowed to carry loaded firearms ?

  • Dave - 2012-02-17 15:55

    When it comes to the screening of applicants and seeing "what" is being accepted into not only the Police - but the Defence Force - it leaves a lot to be desired - ie this student cop and the learner pilot who "borrowed" a plane to fly to Botswana. I reckon Bob-jan could atack us at this stage.

      Hugo - 2012-02-18 08:43

      Airforce selection is very different to SAPS selection.

  • Colourless - 2012-02-17 15:56

    please clarify... previous reports state that the victim was shot in the forehead. how is this done when the victim was lying on his stomach...

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-02-17 16:31

    How come did he become a student police at 41?

  • Freddie - 2012-02-17 16:31

    A 41 year old "student" cop??? Only in SA. With quality of this cailibre in recruitment what do you expect of the SAPS?

  • blaqmonk - 2012-02-17 16:35

    The dude was trying to make a life for himself, at 41 he enlisted to become a police officer, would you rather he instead became a criminal that broke into your homes to try put food on the table for his family? a grievious mistake was made here, I doubt this was intentional, I sympathise with the kid's family but we should nt b too quick to point fingers, the cop could have been bugging us at the fourway stops with a placard reading "Help, wife and 2 kids to feed" or breaking into our houses, lets nt put ppl down who r tryina better themselves. Done preaching, Amen

      Andrew Worrall - 2012-02-17 16:37

      He is a criminal though. He shot a kid in the back 3 times. Was it an accident or self defense?

  • Thoka - 2012-02-17 16:50

    the boy was studing criminology with bad intentions. I dont care I was made to run for my dear life being shot at by young boys

  • Anakin - 2012-02-17 16:50

    Am I just been stupid or is it a spelling mistake? How can one be a student cop at 41? Duh? And he wasn't at the crime-scene all by himself, so why didn't the other cops stop him? There's a big screw loose there somewhere...

  • Singatha - 2012-02-17 16:56

    Hayi bo 41yr Student cop????There's got to be a mistake,at least he should be making detective,how can it so?? Unless...Yes,the incompetence and criminality that has become the SAPS.

  • Gary - 2012-02-17 17:02

    I think we need to know more about law.... The case of murder is in place and the studend police is being apprehanded and he or she is facing with this. The victim is only 16 years of age and that on it's own says the kid is harmless. According to law facing that kind of rap you need to proove to court beyond resonable doubt that you acted in self defends. The only way of showing your innocense is by justifying your action. There are only 8 grounds of justification and need not to skip 1 of those... Proove beyond resonable doubt.

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  • Hugo - 2012-02-17 17:19

    41 year old student,wtf

  • Itse - 2012-02-17 18:03

    The sixteen year old was a bastard,case closed!!!LET THE COP GO,that's minus one tsotsi/thug/gangster off our roads!!!

      Mona Grant - 2012-02-17 20:40

      Maybe if you got shot while laying on the ground on your stomach-the country would also have one less human being to worry about...

  • Glyn - 2012-02-17 19:51

    Off-duty farm murderer?

  • lynn.l.masombuka - 2012-02-18 08:50

    Once again, negligence rears its ugly head, i mean a 41 year old student cop?!?! dnt get me wrong, your never to old to learn but 41 year old really??? and worse of all the poor teen was still being shot @ whilst he was on the floor? a defenceless being killed like a piece of meat. what is the world coming too

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