ICD probing Inanda shootings

2012-03-26 20:42
Johannesburg - The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) will investigate two shootings that left eight people dead in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal.

"The dockets have been taken over for full investigation by the ICD's KwaZulu-Natal office," spokesperson Moses Dlamini said on Monday.

"Post mortems will be held [on Wednesday and Thursday] for all deceased in both shooting incidents. The investigation continues," Dlamini said.

In the first shooting police shot and killed seven people on Friday at Amaoti in Inanda.

According to police the seven men where involved in a tavern robbery. The robbers were allegedly wanted in connection with murder, business robbery and attempted murder cases.

On Friday police received a tip-off about the group's whereabouts.

Police said they identified themselves upon their arrival and demanded that the occupants open the door.

"The occupants of the house allegedly fired shots at the police while the doors were closed. The police returned fire fatally wounding seven people."

The names of the dead could not be released until their next of kin had been notified. They were aged between 20 and 25, Dlamini said.

The second shooting took place on Saturday around midday.

Police were following-up information on a man who was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

"The police allegedly approached the suspect and he ran into the bushes. It is alleged that the suspect fired shots at the police and the police returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect," he said.

The man was later identified as 30-year-old Siyabonga Khumalo.

- SAPA
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