*Mother claims police cover-up over
*De Beers boss claimed he thought he was shooting a dog
“Why is Neo Moroka not detained or arrested for killing my son?”
The question trembles from the lips of distraught mother Margaret Danster, 44, who is fighting to get an adequate answer from police.
The De Beers CEO shot and killed her 18-year-old son Kealeboga at his farm, claiming he thought he was shooting at a dog.
She accuses the authorities of covering up the truth simply because she is poor.
Anger mixes with tears as the mother of an 18-year-old boy demands answers over her son’s fatal shooting.
Margaret Danster is accusing the police of conniving with De Beers Chief Executive Officer Neo Moroka to bring a reduced charge.
She does not accept the explanation Superintendent Balibadzi Boy,Deputy Divisional Commander CID (Criminal Investigations Department)South,offers as to why the De Beers boss was not detained after heallegedly shot and killed her son Kealeboga.
Moroka shot Danster at his farm in Makopong on 22 Aprilin what the police describedas an “unfortunate” incident.
Police procedure is that whenever a person kills another be it intentionally or unintentionally he or she should be detained for at least 48 hours while investigations are undertaken.
Did the police bend the rules for Moroka?
Boy explains, “Moroka was under arrest but he was never detained in custody because we looked at the issue at hand and felt it did not warrant such.
Police do not detain just for the sake of it – we look at safety issues such as are people going to kill you, or could you be a danger to society.”
Boy went on to say that Moroka was charged under a section of the law that deals with Reckless and Negligent Acts, and which carries a penalty of two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Margaret Danster does not mince her words when she describes her ordeal.
“My son died at the hands of Neo Moroka at his farm. Mr Moroka came here with his wife and brother to tell me that he had shot my son and now he is dead.
“He said his intention had been to kill a dog.
He didn’t explain whether or not that dog was mistaken for my son or not.
He just told me he would take care of the funeral costs, which he did,” says Danster.
She is suspicious that police never arrestedor detained Moroka after killing her son.
“The police are taking me, a penniless lady,for granted.
“How can Moroka kill my son and then come to me and say it was a mistake and therefore I must simply forget?
God will answer my prayers.
I will not rest until justice is done by this government,” she pledged.
Danster’s family live in a makeshift house in Tsabong and none of them are employed.
Kealeboga had just completed his form five and was ready to either go to university or start looking for a job when his life was cut short.
Danster argues, “Moroka is a Boss at De Beers and lives a lavish lifestyle.
He continues to earn his hefty salary whilst waiting to hear his fate from the courts.
“Since the funeral Moroka has not visited our family to show remorse. I am a child of God.
Moroka should be a man and face me, and tell me that he is sorry that he killed my son.
He should mean it, so that I can find closure in my heart. He should even compensate me for killing my son.
Otherwise me and him, we are not done,” she said.
The devastated mother went on to say, “Amongst my children Kealeboga was the only one who had a bright future.
He wanted to be a teacher and had promised to uplift my life.”
Danster said the police havenever updated her on the progress of their investigations.
“These police officers are up to something. Only God can guide them.
None of them has visited me to tell me what really happened on that day.
Is it because I am a peasant or because they fear Moroka, because he is rich? I don’t know.”
Superintendent Boy arguesthat Mrs Dansterneeds to be better informed about how the law works.
“I will arrange with Tsabong police to have a formal meeting with the bereaved and answer all her questions where possible.
We have submitted the charge sheet to the DPP (Directorate on Public Prosecutions) for advice.
Our word is not final; they could even advise us to charge Moroka with murder.
Then it will be up to the court to decide.
We are not fearful of Moroka as the public thinks,” he said.
Investigations by The Voice also proved that the dog which was supposed to have been shot is still alive.
The police did not look for, or capture the dog as evidence.
A visit to both Tsabong and Werda police station commanders gave the impression that Kealeboga’s death was treated as a minor incident.
Residents of both villages say that police officers were reluctant to take the boy to the clinic after the shooting.
Moroka took Kealeboga to Makopong clinic from where he was taken by ambulance to Tsabong.
He was certified dead upon arrival.
Efforts to contact Moroka were futile as his secretary said he was busy in “important meetings.”