Traf­fic cop re­leased on bail for “shoot­ing” three teenage girls

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE

ALIMPOPO traf­fic of­fi­cer who al­legedly opened fire on three teenage girls, wound­ing one of them, has been re­leased on R1 000 bail by the Polok­wane Mag­is­trate Court.

Costa Ma­soga ap­peared in court last week on charges of at­tempted mur­der in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent that took place at Westen­burg Town­ship in Polok­wane the week be­fore.

Mag­is­trate Ja­nine Un­gerer granted Ma­soga bail and post­poned the mat­ter to the 23 Au­gust to al­low the po­lice to con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Lim­popo provincial po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe, the three girls – aged 13, 15 and 17 – were walk­ing along the street when the off duty traf­fic of­fi­cer al­legedly in­sulted them.

“An ex­change of words en­sued be­tween the man and the young­sters un­til he chased them with his mo­tor ve­hi­cle and the sus­pect ap­par­ently fired sev­eral shot in the di­rec­tion of the chil­dren in­jur­ing the 17 year old girl in the process,” said Ngoepe.

Ngoepe says the po­lice and the Med­i­cal Emer­gency services were sum­moned to the scene af­ter the shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

He was im­me­di­ately ar­rested and dis­armed of his pri­vate firearm. The vic­tim was rushed to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal where she was treated and is re­cu­per­at­ing at home.

Ngoepe says po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still be­ing con­ducted to es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances of the shoot­ing. He warned gun own­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble.

“Le­gal gun own­ers are re­minded to al­ways com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of the firearm Con­trols Act. Any con­tra­ven­tion of this Act may re­sult in the owner be­ing de­clared un­fit to pos­sess a firearm in ad­di­tion to the crim­i­nal charges that will be pressed against the in­di­vid­ual,” he said.

Ma­soga, an of­fi­cer at the Polok­wane Mu­nic­i­pal Traf­fic Po­lice Depart­ment, is also fac­ing an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary process. Spokesman for the Polok­wane Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Tshediso Mothapo says they view the mat­ter in a se­ri­ous light and will start in­ter­nal pro­cesses.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Visu­alBuzz SA

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