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Thato Mokoka. Photo: Supplied

No one has been arrested for the killing of a Soweto teenager, apparently by a student policeman, the Independent Complaints Directorate said on Thursday.

Spokesman Moses Dlamini said the investigation was still in its early stages.

“A police student constable was guarding the victim, but no one saw exactly what happened. We are busy taking statements.”

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said a murder case had been opened.

“We have handed the matter over to the Independent Complaints Directorate.”

Thato Mokoka, 16, was shot five times, apparently at point blank range while he was lying down. Dobsonville police had raided the boy's home after neighbours told them he had an unlicensed gun.

The Star reported on Thursday that Mokoka was lying on his stomach with his hands above his head when the policeman fired. He was killed outside the home of his grandmother, Sybil Mokoka, in Bramfisherville Phase 2 on Tuesday night.

The boy was a grade nine pupil at Kgatelopele Secondary School. – Sapa


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xola, wrote

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03:59pm on 16 February 2012
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the people who are supposed 2 protect us are killing us, and no1 has been arrested. dts da free SA for you.

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Meza, wrote

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03:47pm on 16 February 2012
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Hehehehe, now sum1 can shoot 7 times @ the same person and we call that a mistake bcoz a student policeman happen to be holding the gun that was the teenage murder weapon. Waow SA police you going down.

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NICRO, wrote

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10:47am on 16 February 2012
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Once again we are faced with police brutality - this time the most extreme in nature, according to the reports of family who were present. What kind of society are we living in when we must fear our very protectors? Seven shots at point blank range into the body of an unarmed 15 year old pinned to the ground by police trainee and no response from SAPS? This atrocity confirms our earlier concerns at the trigger happy approach of the police, the shoot to kill attitude espoused by the former National Police Commissioner and the reversal to militarisation of titles of positions and changing of the name back to force in place of services. This is more than just excessive force, this is violence and brutality with impunity –in other words- once can get away with it. Section 49 of the Criminal Procedures Act provides for police using arms in cases of self defence when dealing with dangerous criminals. The police-person’s life must be in danger. The section also requires the police to use only that amount of force proportional to the threat. So the question would be: What threat did an unarmed youngster pinned down to the ground represent that required multiple shots? We will await the police enquiry.. This is not to say the 15 year old was innocent of suspected charges, what is at issue here is proper procedure, due process, police training and skill of policing. Shoot to kill means that innocent people can get killed, both in terms of being innocent of the alleged crime and being caught in cross fire. All concerned citizens must guard against South Africa reverting to anarchy and the law of jungle. The role of police is to investigate and put cases forward for prosecution, it is not for the police to pass judgement and worse, carry out sentence! What if this was your child? NICRO

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:49am on 16 February 2012
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Now the article says "no one saw exactly what happened", but further on it goes to say "police raided". Surely the student policeman was not the only one there????? If police are starting to shoot unarmed children at point blank range, I am very afraid for the future. This is the saddest story I have read in a while. He did not deserve this!!!! Shame on the people that should be protecting us.

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Morgan, wrote

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10:38am on 16 February 2012
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OMW......I am speachless....condolences to the family...

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Gman, wrote

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10:06am on 16 February 2012
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Welcome one and all to an African dictatorship and police state. We are in prison while criminals run free. This is the way of the ANC. Who has the high walls, the barbed wire? Who is unable to carry weapons to defend themselves? Thats right we are prisoners undder the ANC's cruel regime. No law and no order, chaos rains in a corrupt police state.

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zz, wrote

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09:47am on 16 February 2012
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A stdent policeman??? Arrest my case. Why was the student working without supervision?? Where the hell was his senior.

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