Alexandra police accused of shooting 5-year-old boy

Alexandra police accused of shooting 5-year-old boy

Police in Alexandra are accused of shooting a 5-year-old boy during a shootout with alleged hijackers on Tuesday.

Gontse Mathebula had been sent to the tuckshop when he was allegedly caught in crossfire.

He is recuperating in hospital.

While police have confirmed the shootout, they say the child was knocked down by a speeding vehicle of the alleged criminals.

They say a suspected hijacker was killed during the skirmish.

Mathebula is alleged to be a fifth Alexandra resident to be a victim of police officers in five years.

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

The case against two Alexandra police officers accused of killing a 28-year-old Samantha Radebe has been postponed to later this month.

The officers briefly appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court this morning.

They will return to court on the 29th of October for a bail hearing.

Sergeant Frans Malesela Kganyago and Constable Wisani Redgement Chabani face murder and attempted murder charges, respectively.

Radebe was coming from work when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

The officers are said to have been engaged in a shootout with suspected criminals in Tsutsumani, Alexandra, in January this year.

The accused officers are not being kept in custody, for now, as they were summoned to appear before court and not arrested

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng Spokesperson Phindi Njonondwane says they have a strong case against the pair.

“After the assessment process, we realised that there are prospects for prosecution and the matter was enrolled based on evidence before court.”

Radebe’s family was present in court. It says it is pinning its hopes on the state to ensure that justice is served for the slain mother.

Family spokesperson Morena Mathane says they are in pain.

“The family is still in pain to see the officers roaming in the streets, but we hope justice will prevail at the end of the matter.”