Taegrin Morris murder: MEC ‘shocked’ after charges withdrawn

All charges against Thamsanqa Twala were earlier withdrawn in the Boksburg Magistrates Court.

Police monitor the situation outside the Boksburg Magistrates Court on 14 November 2014 after charges were withdrawn against Thamsanqa Twala. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, says she is shocked that the charges against the man accused of killing Taegrin Morris were withdrawn as she thought the police were on track with the investigation.

The four-year-old boy was dragged behind his mother's hijacked vehicle for several kilometres and found dead next to the abandoned VW golf in July.

Thamsanqa Twala was charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of an unlicensed firearm but the charges were withdrawn this morning.

Nkosi-Malobane has explained that one of the state witnesses who previously identified Twala as a suspect later questioned whether he was the right man.

"Our witness is not very sure that we have the right man. Unfortunately, the law says you have to remove that person from that case."

Reiger Park community leader Hein April says the Morris family's safety is now at risk.

"This gentleman has been positively identified, it subsequently puts the family's life in danger."

Earlier, angry family and community members gathered outside court threatening to take the law into their own hands.

Upon hearing the news, community members reacted with shock and outrage.

At the same time, the state earlier this week also provisionally withdrew charges against a man accused of killing soccer star Senzo Meyiwa due to a lack of evidence.

The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot and killed on 26 October while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, sparking the massive manhunt which led police to Mbatha.