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No arrests in Soweto teen murder

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.

Thato Mokoka. Photo: Supplied. Credit: INLSA

“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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