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Vendor in court for killing metro cop

2013-03-22 07:24

Johannesburg - A street vendor accused of killing a metro policeman is expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The man's second court appearance was on Wednesday when he was supposed to make a bail application.

A 48-year-old metro policeman was killed in Daveyton on Sunday.

At the time, Ekurhuleni metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said the officer had been enforcing by-laws when he was punched.

A businessman had allegedly been operating a food stall in an unauthorised area.

Officers were towing his caravan away when the officer was hit. He fell and hit his head, and died on the scene.

Comments
  • Bra Tabs - 2013-03-22 07:41

    Self defense is not a crime.

      Thabo Mbewu - 2013-03-22 07:54

      @Tabs-Where does self-defence feature here?

      Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-03-22 08:55

      Bra Tabs I wonder if it was a vice verse wat would the people saying!( If it was a cop who punched and killed the vendor) would u say self defence? Phew justifying murder! By now you wil have said metro cops r untrained illiterate and useless

      Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-03-22 09:06

      Bra Tabs I wonder if it was a vice verse wat would the people saying!( If it was a cop who punched and killed the vendor) would u say self defence? Phew justifying murder! By now you wil have said metro cops r untrained illiterate and useless

      Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-03-22 09:06

      Bra Tabs I wonder if it was a vice verse wat would the people saying!( If it was a cop who punched and killed the vendor) would u say self defence? Phew justifying murder! By now you wil have said metro cops r untrained,illiterate and useless.

      Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-03-22 12:29

      Bra Tabs I wonder if it was a vice verse wat would the people saying!( If it was a cop who punched and killed the vendor) would u say self defence? Phew justifying murder! By now you wil have said metro cops r untrained,illiterate and useless.

  • German Mazokera - 2013-03-22 07:51

    As a nation we have to avoid using strong words such as NEVER and MUST they lead to fatal end in some cases which could have been solved with easy and simple

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-22 07:55

    @Bra Tabs. Neither is a cop enforcing the by-laws, as stated in his job description. Did the vendor over react? Did the cop over react? Was this case of self defence or a case of a citizen who has a blatant disregard for the law, who turned violet after not getting his way? One thing in life I've learnt is, there is always 3 sides to a story. His side, the cops side and the truth. I suppose we will have to wait for the trail to see what the circumstances were surrounding this very unfortunate situation.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-22 10:24

      Agree deon. Too many unknowns and news reporters are not known for getting all facts right.

  • Nathi Mlozi - 2013-03-22 07:58

    But sometimes police they doing things wrong to thouse street vindour cos this peps they not comiting any crime to anyone but they trying to surport their famile.

  • Thabo Mbewu - 2013-03-22 08:01

    We, as the society, must prevent confrontation with the law by complying to the laws of the city, and ultimately the law of the country!!! Some of police reactions are provoked by aggressive, threatening acts aimed at them!!! Let us respect those who honestly enforce the law!!!!

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-22 08:14

    @Nathi, absolutely, I agree. To often we read about the cops giving the vendors a hard time. And as you quite correctly stated, everybody has the right, to feed his/hers family, as long as it is done legally. Although the vendor was trying to feed his family, he did it by breaking the local by-laws. He was warned, then asked, and finally after several failed attempts, by the metro police to get his cooperation, they then told him to move his operation, to which he refused again. At that stage they are well within their right to forcefully remove the person from wherever it Is he/she is. The problem is that SOME,not all, SOME of these vendour have no respect for the by-laws, which incidentally are place their to protect citizens. And when the cops react, they are the bad people, "harassing" the vendors. I have no issue with anyone tying to put food on the talble for their families, but it has to be done within the framework of the law. And those cops who unnecessarily harass the vendors, they MUST be brought to book. We do not need that those type of police officers protection us!

      Thabang Mokone - 2013-03-22 09:10

      I'm not condoning what the vendor did, I'm from daveyton and the guy has been operating his business there for a couple of years and the same EMPD's supported him on Mondays when they were babalaased. What I'm saying is they should have enforced this 'bylaws' early rather than now cause his business was flourishing and he probably didn't understand why they have to be enforced now. One question though, do this bylaws apply in the whole of gauteng?

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-22 10:34

      Unfortunately our policing culture is far too skop skiet and donder deon. i wish we had the type of cops who'd use words like "i understand what you're saying but the law says xyz and I'm here to make sure yopu comply". it then does not become personal. Its not the policeman's law so the argument should not be with him but with the city fathers and ministers. Unfortunately too many cops take a breach of the law as a personal insult and they hit back. For the same reason, too many law breakers see the police as the lawmaker rather than as people who's job is to apply the law made by someone else. thats a bridge which long term education will have to build. Theres also the corruption aspects where stuff confiscated by metro cops disappears and finds its way to their homes. remember that the arab uprisiong was started off in Tunisia by similar attitudes to a vendor who's stuff was confiscated and he was ill treated.The positive thing is that there are cops out there who treat people like people and there arte traders whp fol;low the law. These numbers just have to increase and we'll have great cities.

  • Ntshembo Lloyd Churchill Shibambu - 2013-03-22 08:28

    Let me tel you what makes pple to fight back at the police,we knw they knw where the nigerians operates,they are frndz with real criminals and the public knws.in Pretoria(Arcadia) their job is to sleep with prostitutes and to protect Nigerians.if u try to do something honest as they guy did they will be behind you cause they get nothing from you.

      teaspooman - 2013-03-22 11:11

      @Loyd,the Nigerians have taken over our streets and the police are colluding with them in perpetuating drug crimes. They are destroying families and young girls(crying).They are disappearing with young girls and push them into drugs for easy money.Come Lord Jesus. I know of a married police woman(she wears a ring)who visits this particular Nigerian next to our home often. This Nigerian guy is destroying school Children in the area and i have reported him several times and the police in turn tell him its me who reports him.

  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-22 08:32

    I think SA law protect foreigners than us south africans, if u take a luk the nigerians

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-03-22 08:56

    Our SA laws are infavoured to other people, not all of us we are benefiting on it. @Nathi Mlozi that a real truth what u a saying, he was triying to put something on the table for his family as isnt working. Let our government understand peoples need and help them with loved. @Deon I am not sure if is going to be a truth or favoured by laws n by who knows better than other, here is a vendor and the law. What if he fails due to other reasons. The guy killed he must be responsible 4his action n police faced their reaction and law play a its roles in this case fairly to everyone (both).

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-22 09:45

      letty what are u saying kahle kahle? i dont get you ... and when those people are removed it doesnt mean he must stop selling but must go to a place made for them plus he was not the only one removed

  • Thabo Cassius - 2013-03-22 10:06

    The media is so quite and everybody is quite because a vendor killed a metro cop. With the story of daveyton taxi driver every body was involved but with metro cop no one show an interest including they don't cover or follow the story.

      Victor Mahasha - 2013-03-22 13:18

      South african media is failing us, they cant even mention that he,s a mozambican frm daveyton

  • Victor Mahasha - 2013-03-22 10:14

    Surely it cant be mentioned that the vendor is a Mozambican frm Daveyton, and no one will bother to protest against his bail application, our police are treated like dirt

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