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Top cop furious over outcome of Taegrin Morris case

Morris died after being dragged behind his mother’s hijacked vehicle for several kilometres in July.

FILE: A photograph of Taegrin Morris is strung to a fence outside his home. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says he is angry following the outcome of the Taegrin Morris case in the Boksburg Magistrates Court.

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

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last week withdrew all charges against Thamsanqa Twala who was arrested for the murder of the four-year-old.

Mothiba was speaking outside the Reiger Park Civic Centre this afternoon where hundreds of men had gathered to talk about gender-based violence.

When Twala appeared in court last week, there was outrage at the NPA's decision to release him due to a lack of evidence.

Outside court, prosecutor Henk Strydom told the media it was the police's fault because they did not investigate the matter properly.

But Mothiba has rubbished this saying he is infuriated by Strydom's comments.

"That prosecutor is lying and I'm quite upset with him."

The police commissioner called on the prosecutor to come to Reiger Park and explain to the community why the charges against Twala were dropped.

Meanwhile, Morris's father, Alwin Morris, has said he's extremely disappointed by the manner in which the investigation was handled.

Alwin said the family has been told police didn't follow proper procedure during the investigation and identification parade which caused the case to collapse.

A new investigating officer has taken over Morris's murder case.

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