Suspect 'handcuffed' when shot by cops

2012-02-20 09:51
Johannesburg - A Springs man who was shot dead by police over the weekend was allegedly wearing handcuffs when he was killed.

The Independent Complaints Directorate are investigating the death of Rean Ramdin, a 29-year-old man who was arrested for drug possession at a Boksburg nightclub.

Ramdin told his parents that he was going out on a date on Friday evening with a woman he met in rehab, The Star reported. His father gave him some money and his blue Opel Corsa bakkie.  

Later that night he met up with his cousins at the Presley’s nightclub in Boksburg. When his cousins decided to go to another venue, he stayed behind. Ramdin gave his cousins his house and car keys.

When they returned a few hours later, they were not allowed inside as police were apparently raiding the club.

The family only found out the following day about Ramdin’s death after his sister contacted a police officer who told her of her brother’s death.

“According to the colonel, there was an incident at Presley’s. My brother was arrested for drug possession.

“He was handcuffed and put into a police car, and at the corner of Rietfontein and Rondebult streets, at a stop street, he escaped,” the sister, Melody, said.

“He was handcuffed and put into a police car, and at the corner of Rietfontein and Rondebult streets, at a stop street, he escaped,” Melody said.

The policeman told Melody that two warning shots were fired, but her brother continued to run. He was then shot in the back by one of the officers.

But the family want to know why police never contacted them about Ramdin’s death.  

He had apparently left rehab just a week earlier.

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