Probe under way after cop ‘shoots woman’ after crash

2011-04-27 11:02

An investigation has been launched into the alleged killing of a woman by a police officer after she crashed into a police vehicle, the Independent Complaints Directorate said today.

The directorate’s spokesperson Moses Dlamini said a car guard witnessed the incident outside the Kempton Park police station last night around 8.30pm.

“It is alleged that a car guard saw a white Golf collide with a stationary police vehicle, which was parked outside the police station.

“The car guard then ran into the police station to report the accident. It is alleged that a sergeant came out of the police station and shot 45-year-old Jeanette Odendaal in the upper body,” said Dlamini.

Apparently the policeman thought the noise of the crash was a gun shot.

She was still inside the car when she was shot.

“By the time paramedics arrived at the scene Odendaal was already dead. It is not clear at this stage what the deceased was doing at the police station,” said Dlamini.

A post mortem would be conducted tomorrow.

The sergeant will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Friday, and not Thursday as was initially reported.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said earlier: “It is still unknown what prompted the shooting.”

On Tuesday, eight policemen appeared in court in the Free State after allegedly killing unarmed civilian Andries Tatane, who was beaten and shot during a protest in Ficksburg on April 13.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele on Tuesday said the country’s 8?500 crowd-control police officers would get a refresher course in handling protests.

A video of Tatane’s death was broadcast on national television.

Dlamini said two similar police brutality cases had been before two KwaZulu-Natal courts yesterday.

One was in Greytown, where five policemen allegedly strangled a person in custody while the other case, in Hammersdale, involved 15 policemen who alleged beat a suspect who later died.

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