ICD to probe singer’s shooting

2010-11-25 00:00

THE killing of KwaZulu-Natal gospel singer Sfiso Mzulwini by police last week is now the subject of an investigation by the police’s watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD).

His group, Ithemba Music Group, meanwhile broke its silence yesterday, defending the singer against reports suggesting he was a criminal.

Police at the time of Mzulwini’s shooting alleged that he fired shots at officers as they tried to arrest him.

They said he was wanted for suspected involvement in house robberies in Umlazi.

Yesterday national ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed in a statement that the police watchdog body is investigating the circumstances of Mzulwini’s death.

“Once all the legalities have been complied with, a report on the outcome of the investigation will be issued,” Dlamini said.

Mzulwini’s group painted a different picture of him to that of the police.

“We distance ourselves from what has been reported on Sfiso Mzulwini by the police … as we know Mzulwini closely both as a fellow member of Ithemba and as a friend. He has been a person who frowned upon any criminal activity,” Thabani Mnyandu said.

Speaking on behalf of the group, he said they had known Mzulwini since 1998 and that he was a responsible person who looked after his family and was peaceful and jovial at all times.

“We find it hard to believe that he was shot for hostility and aggression towards the police … he was a person who enjoyed church, went to gym and mostly he would share jokes with all of us. Over and above this, he liked and enjoyed gospel music and that was his best friend,” Mnyandu said.

Mzulwini’s memorial service will be held today at the Durban City Hall followed by his funeral tomorrow at the eThekwini Community Church in Albert Park.

Meanwhile provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier, Phindile Radebe also did not want to be drawn into the controversy.

“The matter is with the ICD now. I cannot comment …” she said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.