SAPS allegedly kills student

2017-08-04 06:00

siphelele@media24.com


A FINAL-YEAR Walter Sisulu University­ Ibika campus in Butterworth student was allegedly killed by police at his family’s home in Paballong near Mount Fletcher in the early hours of Sunday.

A case of murder has been opened.

Mawande Mvoko (25) was doing his final year in hospitality, and was visiting family during the winter recess when the incident happened.

According to his family, the motive is unknown, but they suspect it is a case of mistaken identity.

It is alleged that Mvoko was asleep when a group of SAPS officers broke into his room unannounced and assaulted him.

Relative Zwelinzima Nunu said Mvoko ran to the neighbours who were holding a night vigil and hid between mourners in a tent, but as he returned to his house accompanied by his friend, he was allegedly held at gunpoint by the officers, who hid waiting for him.

“People heard gunshots and when they got out of the tent to investigate, Mvoko was lying on the ground, dead. He had been shot in the chest and waist,” said Nunu.

He said he was also held at gunpoint by the same police that killed Mvoko when he asked about Mvoko’s murder.

He said police drove away, but returned to fetch cartridges from the scene, but could not find them as it was dark.

SAPS spokesperson, Captain Raphael Motloung confirmed the incident and said a case of murder is under Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The funeral service is on August 5.

 

A FINAL-YEAR Walter Sisulu University Ibika campus in Butterworth student was allegedly killed by police at his home in Paballong near Mount Fletcher in the early hours of Sunday.
A case of murder has been opened.

Mawande Mvoko (25) was doing his final year in hospitality, and was visiting family during the winter recess when his death took place.
According to his family, the motive is unknown but they suspect it is a case of mistaken identity.

It is alleged that Mvoko was asleep when a group of SAPS officers broke into his room unannounced and assaulted him.
Relative Zwelinzima Nunu said Mvoko ran to the neighbours who were holding a night vigil and hid between mourners in a tent, but as he returned to his house accompanied by his friend, he was allegedly held at gunpoint by the officers, who hid waiting for him.

“People heard gunshots and when they got out of the tent to investigate, Mvoko was lying on the ground dead. He had been shot in the chest and waist,” said Nunu.

He said he was also held at gunpoint by the same police that killed Mvoko when he asked about Mvoko’s murder. He said police drove away, but returned to fetch cartridges from the scene, but could not find them as it was dark.

SAPS spokesperson, Captain Raphael Motloung confirmed the incident and said a case of murder is under Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
The funeral service is on August 5.  

 

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