Outrage as man shot in sleep

2017-05-18 06:02
A police officer allegedly fatally shot Bongani Mangaliso while he was asleep in his bed, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

A police officer allegedly fatally shot Bongani Mangaliso while he was asleep in his bed, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The family of a man who was allegedly shot to death by police in his sleep is still reeling at the news, but demands justice.

Bongani Mangaliso, 48, allegedly died of a single bullet wound to the head after one of three police officers stormed into his shack last Thursday afternoon.

Thobeka Mangaliso, the wife of the deceased, said the police demanded to search their house.

She alleges that two of the police officers pointed a gun at her and Chuma Rhulumente, a family member, while they were sitting in the lounge.

“They pointed a gun at us and started searching us. There were two female police and one male police.

One female police then went into our bedroom where my husband was sleeping.

She demanded that he come out of the bed, but he refused. The police wanted to remove blankets but he resisted, because he was naked at the time and did not want to be seen by a female stranger in that state.

One of them then shot him once while he was still lying in bed. They did not show us a search warrant. I am feeling very bad about what they did,” Mangaliso said.

She said the cash which was meant to buy stock for her business soon “disappeared”.

“We want the police to take full responsibility for his funeral. No one is working here and we do not have funeral cover,” she added.

Funiswa Shiba, a neighbour, said a police van in which the police were driving, drove passed the house twice and stopped on the third occasion.

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