No bail for cop, say kin of shot man

Court protest over res­i­dent killed as he tried to start car by con­nect­ing wires

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REL­A­TIVES of Tsakani Rikhotso Shi­mange, killed by a Tsh­wane Metro of­fi­cer on Fri­day morn­ing, are dis­ap­pointed that they will bury him with­out know­ing if his al­leged killer will be held ac­count­able.

Fam­ily mem­bers were speak­ing af­ter the first ap­pear­ance of 27-year-old Con­sta­ble Takatso Mashego at the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Mashego al­legedly shot and killed Shi­mange a few me­tres from his place of work at the Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices in Hat­field while he was at­tempt­ing to restart his car.

His un­cle, Be­lani Shi­mange, pre­vi­ously said his nephew had ap­par­ently been try­ing to start his car by con­nect­ing wires, when the of­fi­cer mis­took it for theft, sub­se­quently reach­ing for a weapon, al­legedly shoot­ing him in the chest through the wind­screen.

Mashego’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned as his phys­i­cal ad­dress was still to be con­firmed.

Tsakani’s aunt, Du­misani Mabunda, said she was un­happy that they would not be able to see if jus­tice would pre­vail for her nephew as they would be trav­el­ling to Lim­popo to bury him on the date of the of­fi­cer’s sec­ond court ap­pear­ance.

“We have to take Tsakani’s body to Lim­popo on Fri­day. It feels like they are pro­tect­ing the con­sta­ble, be­cause they should have had all his in­for­ma­tion al­ready.

“We’re not cop­ing, es­pe­cially his mother be­cause he was her only son. We can’t be­gin to tell you how much she is hurt by his un­ex­pected death.”

Shi­mange said the fam­ily was hop­ing the govern­ment and ju­di­cial sys­tem would not grant the con­sta­ble bail.

“We don’t want him to get bail, but we can’t in­ter­vene in court pro­cesses. There is noth­ing we can do.”

Tsakani’s friends and col­leagues had gath­ered out­side the court to protest against the re­lease of the of­fi­cer on bail.

Long time friend Jab­u­lani Maru­leng said their souls were bro­ken by their friend’s sense­less killing.

“It’s painful that we won’t ever again hear him play­ing his Tsonga mu­sic out loud from his car or con­stantly talk­ing over ev­ery­one time and time again.

“Any­one who knew him will tell you that he was the nicest per­son you could meet.

That is why we can’t just let his killing go with­out peo­ple know­ing the in­jus­tice that was done,” said Maru­leng.

Metro po­lice spokesman, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Isaac Ma­hamba, said in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

He re­it­er­ated their con­tin­ued sup­port to the South African Po­lice Ser­vice and In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the death.

“We as metro po­lice are say­ing that if there is any in­for­ma­tion that Ipid re­quires from us we will pro­vide it.”

The bail ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to start on Fri­day at the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court.


IN THE DOCK: TMPD Con­sta­ble Takatso Mashego who is ac­cused of Tsakani Oupa Shi­mange’s mur­der ap­pears at the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court for his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

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