Student constable arrested for Soweto teen's murder

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 2pm.

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.—Sapa


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