Student constable asks for forgiveness

Student Constable Sipho Mbatha and his attorney Kenneth Mayaga. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted student constable Sipho Mbatha broke down in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday, asking the family of his victim to forgive him.

In February, 16-year-old Thato Mokoka was gunned down during a botched raid at his Braamfisherville home in Soweto.

On Friday, Mbatha was found guilty of murdering the teenager.

In handing down her ruling, Judge Kathy Satchwell told the court that the student constable knew exactly what he was doing.

“When Mbatha depressed the trigger of the R5 riffle, there was a definite certainty that Mokoka would die.”

Satchwell said it was unfortunate that Mbatha chose not to testify.

She said the policeman was the only person who was in control of the firearm and that he was the only one who knew what happened.