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26 Jun 2014
11:09 am

Cop in court for protester’s death

The case against a police officer accused of shooting dead a protester was postponed in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

FILE PICTURE: Malusi Maila leaves the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 after appearing for the shooting and death of a protester. Magistrate Delise Smith said the director of public prosecutions had to decide whether the matter would be heard in the high court or not. Maila was one of four police officers arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Tshepo Babuseng, 28, but was the only one charged with murder. Babuseng was shot dead when residents of Durban Deep, Roodepoort, barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres in a protest over a lack of housing in January. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Malusi Maila appeared briefly and would be back in court on August 4.

The matter was postponed because Maila’s lawyer was not in the province.

Maila was one of four police officers arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Tshepo Babuseng, 28, but was the only one charged with murder.

Babuseng was shot dead when residents of Durban Deep, Roodepoort, on the West Rand, barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres in a protest over a lack of housing in January.

Maila is out on bail of R5000.

Sapa