A former police officer who shot and killed a man in the sanctity of his home during an enforcement operation was found guilty of murder in the Gauteng High Court.
Regional spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority ( NPA), Phindi Mjonondwane said the former official shot Sibusiso Amos with a shotgun in his home during the tough lockdown in March 2020. Three children, who were also in the house at the time, were injured during the shooting.
“The family of Sibusiso Amos, who were fatally shot by a security officer in Vosloorus in March 2020, were Ekurhuleni officials Metro Police Department (EMPD) enforced level 5 lockdown rules, received justice following the conviction of Siphiwe George Ndlovu, “Mjonondwane said.
Ndlovu has been charged with lockdown murder, triple attempted murder and unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition found guilty.
“Amos was shot dead after an argument broke out in the courtyard of his house between him and the EMPD officials chasing guests from a nearby tavern. Three children in the house were also injured in the shooting. “Mjonondwane said.
” Amos was shot dead from close range by live ammunition while standing behind a locked intrusion gate. The bullet was fired from a shotgun by an EMPD officer, “he said.
Ndlovu told the court that he had the gun shortly after the officer was attacked by members of the community during the lockdown operation. Then he saw a scuffle in the courtyard between Amos and EMPD officials. He approached Amos and fired shots at Amos to deter Amos to stop the scuffle.
Prosecutor Rolene Barnard argued that Ndlovu was a former police officer who knew about gun handling and precautions when using Weapons. She asked the court to take into account the fact that Amos had been shot dead in his own apartment, that he was unarmed and had not provoked the officers.
The court rejected Ndlovu’s evidence as highly unlikely and accepted that Evidence from State Witnesses.
Judge Thifhelimbilu Mudau noted that evidence presented by State witnesses was more reliable.
The lockdown murder case was closed on June 29, on arguments to mitigate and exacerbate postponed. of the sentence.