Family waits for justice

2015-05-05 06:00
A family member of slain Alan Tarentaal who was shot and killed shows documentation of the case that will be reopened after the case ran cold due to the “docket going missing”. 

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Chevon Booysen

A family member of slain Alan Tarentaal who was shot and killed shows documentation of the case that will be reopened after the case ran cold due to the “docket going missing”. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A family from Phumlani Village are anxious to find closure after 22 years.

Just over two decades ago the family lost a son and brother after police allegedly shot and killed him.

Alan Tarentaal was only 14-years-old when he was killed during a high speed chase with the police.

Tarentaal and another man in a stolen vehicle were chased by police on Wednesday 16 August 1993. The teenager was fatally shot with two bullets – one in his chest and one in the abdomen.

A family member, who by instruction of his lawyer requested not to be named, says they are impatient for justice to be served on the person who shot their relative.

“It has been a tough 22 years knowing that the person who killed Allan is still out there roaming freely. We just want justice to be served so that we can move forward,” he says.

Tarentaal’s family wants answers after the investigation of his case ran cold.

“Allan’s mother was traumatised by the whole incident. She was the one who ran up and down between lawyers wanting to get answers about how her son died,” the relative explains.

“We want this issue resolved because to this day, 22 years later, nothing has come of the investigation. We are owed an explanation and want those responsible to be brought to book.”

He adds Allan’s mother died two years ­after her son’s death.

“The stress she was handling on her own was just too much. She used to sit on a couch at home like a zombie without eating for days on end. The death of her youngest child was too much to deal with.”

After Allan’s mother’s death, the family was left to deal with the case but, says the relative, “we did not even know where to start”.

“His mother handled the case all the time so we knew there was an investigation. However, when we had to pick this up again after her passing, it was a daunting task for us as a family,” he explains.

After consulting the lawyers who attended to the case, they were met with the same answers every time.

“We would go to our lawyer but every time we would hear the investigation is still in progress with no new information. Eventually when we consulted with Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where the case was being handled, we heard the docket had gone missing,” the relative says.

The family was distraught to hear this.

“How could they just lose a docket like that? At the time, we were also too confused and still traumatised from losing Allan and his mother, that we kind of gave up the case as well.”

But after 22 years, the family wants justice. “I could not just leave Allan’s case like that and pretend it never happened. We deserved answers as a family. We know a policeman shot him and we want the responsible one to be brought to book,” he says.

The family then sought the help of a neighbour who is also an advocate. “We explained the entire situation to him and he said he would assist us. He recovered the ‘missing’ docket at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court with all the information inside. We have the docket information and documentation with us and want the case to go further,” he says.

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