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Slain Katlehong constable to be laid to rest

Constable Tshepo Tladi was shot dead allegedly by his colleague during an apparent robbery at a petrol station.

FILE: A screengrab of police responding to a robbery at a Katlehong petrol station.

JOHANNESBURG - A police officer, who was shot dead allegedly by his colleague during an apparent robbery at a petrol station in Katlehong, is expected to be laid to rest in Boksburg on Saturday morning.

Constable Tshepo Tladi was killed two weeks ago.

He was shot in the head with an R5 rifle.

A video of the killing, which shows another cop seemingly shooting him from behind, went viral.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is now investigating.

Dozens of police officers are expected to descend on the Assemblies of God Church in Katlehong to bid farewell to one of their own.

Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says he hopes the words that will be spoken during the service on Saturday will give constable Tladi's family some comfort.

“We believe Tladi’s family will be consoled by the words of the people who’ll be the funeral.”

Initial reports stated Tladi was shot by a suspect while he and his colleagues were responding to a robber at a petrol station, but CCTV footage shows four police officers, including Tladi, exchanging gunfire with suspects that are out of frame.

An officer who was behind Tladi starts to shoot, but the constable moves and is hit in the back of the head before dropping down.

Tladi will be laid to rest at the Elspark Cemetery in Boksburg.

WARNING: The following video contains graphic scenes that may upset sensitive viewers.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)