South Africa 7.8.2013 05:00 am

Police to pay-up for murder – judge

FILE PICTURE: The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Ayi Leshabane

FILE PICTURE: The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Ayi Leshabane

The minister of police was liable for the loss of support suffered by the wife and children of a businessman who was shot dead by a jealous police officer more than a decade ago, the North Gauteng High Court has ruled.

Acting Judge Daisy Molefe ruled that the minister was vicariously liable for the loss of support resulting from the December 2001 death of Mothibi Morudu at the hands of former police Inspector Frans Duba. Morudu was a businessman and a priest in the Zion Christian Church.

Morudu’s widow, Mapula, instituted a claim for loss of support in her personal capacity and on behalf of her three minor children after his death.

Her daughter, Tebogo Khuma-lo, a student at the Pretoria Technikon, is also claiming for her loss of support.

The police admitted Duba had used his private firearm to shoot Morudu dead at his home in Seshego, but denied that they could have foreseen he would embark on a spree of murder.

Duba, a fingerprint expert and photographer, was on standby duty at the time and had used an unmarked police vehicle to travel to his victim’s home.

He accused Morudu of an extra-marital affair with his wife.

He returned on the day of the incident and fired shots through the window at her husband who was still in bed. Mrs Morudu ran away with her youngest child.

 

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