No bail for cop, say kin of shot man
Court protest over resident killed as he tried to start car by connecting wires
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.