IPID summoned to Parliament over Mpanza shooting

2015-11-03 18:31
The scene where Mpanza was killed. CCTV footage can be seen outside the property. (Naledi Shange, News24)

The scene where Mpanza was killed. CCTV footage can be seen outside the property. (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Parliament - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been summoned to brief Parliament's portfolio committee on police on Wednesday on the shocking CCTV footage showing the close-range shooting of Khulekani Mpanza in Krugersdorp.

Earlier, Parliament's communication services issued a notice on behalf of committee chairperson Francois Beukman calling for the urgent briefing, saying "any illegal and extrajudicial conduct by errant police should be condemned in the strongest terms".

The committee will expect answers after footage emerged of Mpanza being shot in a street in Lewisham, Krugersdorp, in October.

Four police officers - three men and a woman - have been arrested and given notices of intention to suspend them.

- Read more: Krugersdorp 'execution' cop granted bail

Constable Dipuo Chipu was granted R5 000 bail when she appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. She was officially charged with defeating the ends of justice.

Her colleagues, Constable Titus Mabela, Constable Jason Segole and Sergeant Puleng Sebetwa, face an additional charge of murder.

The three officers will appear in the same court on November 10 when they will apply for bail.

The officers, all in their 30s, were arrested at the Krugersdorp police station, where they work.

Beukman said the incident brought to the fore issues of command and control by station commanders, training, ethos and the code of conduct of police officers.

The committee has already singled out these issues for reform.

- Read more: 'Executed' Mpanza had previous gun-crime conviction

In the footage, Mpanza is shot at, causing him to fall to the ground and drop his weapon. He had reportedly used it to fire at the officers as he fled.

The footage shows Mpanza being kicked by an officer and another officer shooting him again.

His brother, Mbongiseni Mpanza, said what he saw in the footage did not match the story given to him by police after his brother died.

He had been told that his brother tried to shoot at police and he was then shot at close range.

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