WATCH: Officers linked to TUT student’s death granted bail

WATCH: Officers linked to TUT student’s death granted bail

Two officers linked to the murder of third year LLB student Katlego Monareng at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) north campus in Soshanguve in August have been granted R2000 bail each.

Officers in custody
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

Captain Joseph Rapoo (51) and Constable John Slender (40) appeared in a packed courtroom at the Soshanguve Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 


Hundreds of TUT students draped various political regalia attended the court proceedings, singing and dancing in honour of Monareng. 


Slender and Rapoo both indicated to the court they will plead not guilty. 

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The state did not oppose bail on the basis that both are employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and are not at flight risk. 


State prosecutor, Sifso Hlongwane, said they have a strong case as the bullet found in Monareng’s body has been traced to Slender’s R5 rifle.


According to the investigating officer’s affidavit, its alleged police were trying to exit the TUT north campus, but students barricaded the gate. 


Rapoo allegedly ordered officers to shoot in order to disperse the crowd. 


Monareng was subsequently pronounced dead on the scene and another student was wounded. 


Both accuse face charges of murder and attempted murder. 


The case was postponed the January 25.


Students were not happy with the court’s decision.



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