Stabbed Polokwane student speaks out: "Police refused to open case"

Stabbed Polokwane student speaks out: "Police refused to open case"

- Vincent Thomas, a Polokwane student who was stabbed last year, says police failed to investigate his case

- This comes after his alleged attacker was arrested in relation to the Thoriso Themane murder

- Thomas says police have only reopened his case now to cover up their mistake

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A Polokwane student, Vince Thomas, was assaulted last year, but he says police only looked into his case after the murder of Thoriso Themane.

Themane was reportedly murdered by a group of teenagers, one of whom is the son of a retired police officer.

Thomas added that police failed to open a case of attempted murder against the person who stabbed him, but that they did detain Thomas on assault charges.

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Thomas says police contacted him a few days after the Themane's death. The pupil who is accused of stabbing Thomas is the same teenager who was caught on video bragging that his father was a well-connected police officer. This teenager has since been arrested for his involvement in Themane's murder.

Thomas says police are only now pursuing the case against the student. 

However, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a spokesperson for the police, denies that they failed to investigate the case. Mojapelo says the case was never closed and has been open since Thomas's stabbing was reported last year, according to the Sunday Times.

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In contrast, Thomas's mother alleges that the police have realised they made a mistake by not taking Thomas's case further and are trying to cover up their error by reopening the investigation now.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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