Family blames cops for hostage drama

2014-02-05 00:00

THE family of the man alleged to have held his family members hostage in Imbali this week has lashed out at police saying they blame those who let him escape from custody for what transpired.

The man’s uncle, a member of the Ngcobo family, yesterday said he remains fighting for his life in hospital after he allegedly shot himself after a seven-hour hostage drama. The uncle said that he was violent when police had arrested him after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new partner on Sunday.

“The police noticed that he was violent from the beginning. Why did they remove the handcuffs at the clinic without putting him in leg irons because he was resisting them? I don’t understand how he managed to take the firearm from one of the police officers and escape without them chasing after him.

“He is still in critical condition and on life support, so we don’t really know what the future holds,” said the uncle.

He alleged that there were three police officers at the clinic.

“They came to the gate 15 minutes later after he had passed through the security gate. They did not come back home to inquire where he was or to tell us that they have a problem.

“If they acted quickly, this would have been prevented. They should have notified us as the family.

“Why did all three police officers delay in trying to follow him after he managed to overpower one of them? The other question is where were the other two? There is something that does not add up.”

He added that the incident had terrified the family.

“We were all shocked at what was happening. All the five family members who were held hostage are traumatised by this.”

The police could not provide the names or the condition of the police officers who were injured during the shooting when asked yesterday, saying their computers were down.

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