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Cop gets trial date

Student constable Sipho Mbatha maintains the shooting of Thato Mokoka was a mistake.

SAPS on the scene.
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JOHANNESBURG - A date has been set for the trial of student constable Sipho Mbatha who was accused of murdering 16-year-old Thato Makoka in Braamfischerville, Soweto in February.

Mbatha is accused of shooting Mokoka during a raid at his home.

The murder trial against the 41-year-old police constable will be heard in the South Gauteng High Court between the 23 July and 3 August.

He allegedly ordered the teen to lie down on his stomach and then shot him three times with an R5 riffle.

Police believed the teenager was part of a gang that terrorised school children in the area.

Mbatha maintained the shooting was an accident.

He will be moved to the Johannesburg Prison during the trial.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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