Shoot-out survivor sues police for P10m


A man mistakenly shot by the police in a cash-in-transit (CIT) shooting encounter last year, Mpho Matsoga has dragged the police and Minister of Defence and Security to court demanding close to P10 million in damages.

Matsoga is the survivor of the infamous Gaborone West-Sefalana shootout between the police and suspected armed robbers in which three robbers and two bystanders lost their lives.

In papers filed last week, Matsoga told the court that he was neither a threat nor did he pose any threat to the police officers on the day. For that Matsoga is claiming P435,000 as compensation for the pain and suffering that he underwent and still undergoes as a direct consequence of the police officer’s actions. The survivor further wants the court to grant him P5.5 million for medical expenses as a direct consequence of "the unprovoked and reckless shooting on the plaintiff by agents of the first and second defendants”.

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