Family mourns slain cop who was mistakenly killed by mob

2016-01-25 17:54

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Jane Furse - The family of the Limpopo police officer who was killed by a mob while on an undercover mission on Saturday accused the police system of failing him.

This after Warrant Officer Boshego Joel Seloga was killed by a mob while attempting to arrest a suspect at Madibeng village near Jane Furse in Limpopo.  

Seloga was disarmed and shot by community members who mistook him for a criminal at a funeral.

His family members said they received the call on Saturday, informing them of the incident.

Police said Seloga was part of a team deployed to track a suspect wanted for crimes in the North West. Seloga managed to track the man to a funeral in Madibeng.

Seloga's daughter, Pertunia Seloga, told News24 that the family had been told that Seloga was killed in the line of duty while chasing criminals. But his family questioned the role of Seloga's colleagues, saying he should have been protected.

She said if his colleagues had come to his aid, he would not have been killed by the mob.

"You don't leave a team member in trouble," she said, adding that she was one of Seloga's seven children.

They lost their mother in September.

She said no one in police management had visited them since the ordeal.

"They are not telling us anything. No one is answering our questions," she said.

Meanwhile, police members were receiving counselling from the police chaplain services.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto said eleven suspects were arrested in connection with the murder. A pistol was discovered buried at the scene. Five suspects have since appeared in the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court and were remanded in custody until February 4.

Police said six of the eleven were identified as key witnesses.

Otto said the man Selogo had initially tried to arrest had also been arrested.

Seloga’s colleague, Constable Philmon Mogale said it was the first time he had heard of such an incident, saying he was shocked and hurt.

Funeral arrangements were under way.

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