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gunSowetanLive reports that an off-duty police officer was allegedly killed, execution-style, by two fellow policemen in Thokoza on the East Rand after he had discharged his firearm while trying to recover his brother's stolen cellphone.  

Witnesses said the slain police officer had gone in the early hours of the morning to a house where a man accused of earlier taking his brother's cellphone was located.  Not seeing the alleged robber, the officer apparently pulled out his gun and shot in the air to scare the people present, but they panicked and ran out of the house screaming.  They saw a passing police van and alerted the occupants of the incident.  "That's when police ran after him.  They chased him along the road and began to shoot him.  They shot him while he was running and he ultimately fell," a resident related.  The officer apparently told his fellow cops who had just shot him in the back that he was also a police officer.  "They said to him, 'but you are shooting at us' and they simply finished him off while he was lying on the ground," another witness claimed.  He added:  "We don't understand why police can do such a thing.  He was already down, why did they have to shoot while he was down?"  A police spokesperson confirmed the incident, but said the matter was now with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

  • Read Penwell Dlamini’s full report on this story at SowetanLive

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