Police to probe wrongful killing claim

2012-05-30 08:32
Johannesburg - An investigation would be launched into claims that police shot dead an innocent man while pursuing armed robbers in Soweto, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"We are going to investigate those allegations," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

The Star
reported that a security guard collecting cash from a shopping centre was robbed by two armed men on Monday.

The security guard chased the suspects into the veld and police joined the search in the Eldorado Park area.

Police were told that one of the men was wearing a black jacket. When they saw a man matching this description they opened fire, killing him, according to the newspaper.

The man was Mbantjoa Khang, 29, a Lesotho national who had lived in South Africa for the last three years.

His brother, Mojela, told the newspaper that his brother could not have been the robber police were seeking because he and Mbantjoa had been together at the time of the robbery.

"How could he be part of the heist when he was with us in the morning, cooking on an open fire?"

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