Cops kill man who skipped red light

2012-10-25 10:03
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Johannesburg - A man who apparently skipped a red traffic light was shot dead allegedly by police in Diepkloof, Soweto, it was reported on Thursday.

Tumi "Bozza" Rantlhaku, 22, was shot three times - once in the head -while speeding away on Tuesday, The Star reported.

Rantlhaku was travelling in a Honda Civic with two passengers.

"The police were driving two cars, one [an unmarked] Golf GTI and a normal (branded) police van. We didn't see if the guys in the Civic were shooting or not. One of the guys died," an anonymous witness was quoted as saying.

The witness said one of the passengers, who looked as if he was armed, tried to run away from police but was shot in the foot. The second passenger was also arrested.

Another witness, however, said the trio didn't have any guns on them.

Rantlhaku's aunt, grandmother, other relatives and neighbours on Wednesday tried to piece together what could’ve prompted police to shoot the young man, who they described as a “people’s person with no problem with anyone”.

According to the report, Rantlhaku died at the scene after waiting for an ambulance for over three hours.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate are investigating the incident.

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