2007-04-19 : 'Policeman shot my innocent brother'

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2007-04-19 : 'Policeman shot my innocent brother'

Postby GOSA » Thu, 2007-04-19 13:49

'Policeman shot my innocent brother'

April 19 2007 at 08:20AM

By Botho Molosankwe

A police officer is being investigated for murder after an Ekurhuleni,
Gauteng man's relentless search for his missing brother proved that he was
shot dead.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that a sergeant from Parkview police station
in Johannesburg was being investigated for allegedly shooting dead Fanny
Seopelo and trying to cover up the crime.

According to Isaac Seopelo, of Daveyton, his brother Fanny and their
19-year-old cousin did not return back from work on December 16, 2006.
Fanny's cellphone went unanswered for three days.

'I couldn't believe that a day after getting paid, my brother could steal
somebody's shoes'
Worried, Isaac began to investigate on his own. He first went to Alrode,
Alberton, where his brother worked. No one had seen him.

He then went to Johannesburg, where his brother usually caught a taxi to
Alrode, and went to police stations in the CBD. Still he couldn't find

Then 35-year-old Isaac decided to try the morgue.

"The staff there were not sure whether the people I was looking for were at
the morgue and did not refuse when I asked to look at some of the corpses,"
he said.

"I was not even scared of looking at all the bodies because I knew that I
could not rest until I found my brother," he said.

'The officer then admitted that he was not robbed'
"I must have looked at around 10 bodies when I saw him. I remember just
looking at him and not being able to cry. It was only when I got home that I
really cried."

When Isaac called his relatives, he was told that his missing cousin had
called to say he was in custody. However, before he could say where he was
being held, the phone was cut off.

So the following day, Isaac did the rounds of police stations in the CBD
again until he found his cousin.

He asked to see the docket, and couldn't believe what he saw. The docket
noted that the youths had tried to steal a man's shoes worth R2 500 after
attacking him and that an officer had arrived at the scene and shot one of

"I couldn't believe that a day after getting paid, my brother could steal
somebody's shoes.

"Fanny had a difficult life. I raised him because our mother died when he
was three months old."

Isaac said he couldn't believe that his brother was a thief.

"He had a job and liked spoiling himself with the things he never had when
he was young."

He claimed the cousins were in a taxi on their way to work when they were
involved in an argument with another commuter. The three got off the taxi
and the argument continued. The cousins decided to run away.

As the commuter was chasing after them, the police officer allegedly shot at
them - reportedly with no warning shot fired first - and hit Fanny.

Isaac said that after the shooting, the officer forced the commuter to open
a case of robbery, accusing the two of stealing his shoes.

Worried that his brother was accused of being a thief, Isaac said he kept
pestering the investigation officer to contact the commuter.

"The officer then admitted that he was not robbed."

Isaac said no one had informed the family that Fanny had been killed.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said the sergeant was
being investigated for murder. The case would to be taken to the Director of
Public Prosecutions for a decision.

They were also investigating a possible cover-up.

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Star on April 18, 2007
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