EMPD cop charged for discharging firearm during traditional feast

AN EMPD (Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department) officer is in the spotlight after gunshots were fired at a traditional feast in Brackenhurst.

The incident took place on Saturday, March 4, at about 8pm. According to one of the attendees, about 100 people were gathered when the off-duty officer allegedly discharged his firearm twice into the ground, with both bullets ricocheting and leaving two people with abrasions.

After the incident, the police and a security company came to the scene. Among the police units that were at the scene were the detectives and the forensic units.

“The officer was taken into the police vehicle but was neither handcuffed nor disarmed. In fact he told the arresting officers that he would not give them his gun in front of the crowd. The arresting officers left with the suspect but were found around the corner from the scene, talking to the suspect outside the vehicle – and the suspect was still not handcuffed,” says a man, who would like to remain anonymous.

“We then told the officers that we did not understand why the suspect was not handcuffed and informed them that we were on our way to the police station, and we left them there with the suspect. The police and the suspect later found us at the police station, at which stage the suspect was cuffed. I learned that the officer was discharged on Sunday, despite him being formally charged with attempted murder, discharge of a firearm and handling a firearm under the influence,” adds the man.

The RECORD asked the EMPD and Brackendowns Police Department for comment.

The EMPD failed to comment, but Lindile Moloi, spokesperson for the Brackendowns police, had this to say:

“I can confirm that a suspect in that matter is an EMPD officer and a case docket of attempted murder was opened and the suspect was arrested and appeared at Palm Ridge court already.

“On arrival at the scene the crowd was violent and wanted to remove him out of the police vehicle so the members had to remove him immediately for his own protection while we found his firearm already taken away from him by a security officer who handed it over to us.

“It is true the members were not going to handcuff him while the crowd was violent while we were four and they were 100 trying to remove him from a police car.

“I can confirm that I, Sergeant Lindile Moloi, attended a crime scene and followed all SAPS (South African Police Service) procedures regarding the scene and IPID (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) is investigating the matter.”

The RECORD is trying to find more details about the officer’s next court appearance and is still waiting to receive the information from IPID.

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