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Police probed for shooting at man's bakkie

By unknown | Jan 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

Two Mpumalanga policemen are being investigated for attempted murder and malicious damage to property for allegedly shooting a man's bakkie that was parked on the side of the road.

David Thobela, 42, and a friend were fixing their bakkie, which had broken down on the Mananga Road near Komatipoort, when a police van drove past them.

Lowveld area police spokesman Superintendent Mtsholi Bhembe said the police van made a U-turn and approached the two men. The policeman and woman then asked for a driver's licence from Thobela's friend and he told them he was not the driver.

The police officers asked Thobela to show them his licence and he said it was in keyholder in the ignition and they could check for themselves because his hands were dirty.

Thobela claims the police officers became aggressive and pulled out firearms, accusing him of being disrespectful, saying " udelela amaphoyisa".

"Apparently an argument ensued and when Thobela drove off the police officers allegedly fired at his bakkie and he drove away," said Bhembe.

The next morning, when Thobela inspected his bakkie, he noticed bullet holes and later reported the matter to the police

Police are investigating cases of attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

Bhembe said they will also question Thobela about why he delayed pressing charges.

The incident happened last Wednesday night, but was only reported on Tuesday this week.

The police officers have not been arrested and could also face internal charges within the SAPS for their behaviour.

l In a separate incident, a 22-year-old man was allegedly robbed of R600 by four police officers who were driving in a marked police vehicle in Komatipoort.

Moses Mongwe, 22, told the police that he was walking along the N4 road in Komatipoort last Wednesday night when a police minibus stopped next to him.

Without saying anything the four uniformed cops grabbed him, searched him, took his money and drove off. He only reported the incident on Tuesday this week.

No arrests have been made.


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