Cop gets 15 years for murder
Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal policeman has been jailed for 15 years by the Pinetown Magistrate's Court for murdering a youth in 2007, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said on Tuesday.
Constable Mlondolozi Makhathini shot dead Thamsanqa Abrahams, 19, at Kwandengezi in February 2007, while he was stationed at Harburg police station, ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.
Abrahams was standing at the side of a road with a friend and his younger sister when Makhathini sped past them, almost knocking them over.
When Abrahams shouted at Makhathini for driving recklessly in an area where there were children, he became infuriated and did a U-turn.
In the ensuing confrontation, he pulled out his service pistol and shot Abrahams in the neck before fleeing. Abrahams died later in hospital.
The ICD arrested Makhathini the next day, said Dlamini. He was convicted on May 25 and was sentenced on Monday.