ICD to probe singer’s shooting

2010-11-25 00:00

THE killing of KwaZulu-Natal gospel singer Sfiso Mzulwini by police last week is now the subject of an investigation by the police’s watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD).

His group, Ithemba Music Group, meanwhile broke its silence yesterday, defending the singer against reports suggesting he was a criminal.

Police at the time of Mzulwini’s shooting alleged that he fired shots at officers as they tried to arrest him.

They said he was wanted for suspected involvement in house robberies in Umlazi.

Yesterday national ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed in a statement that the police watchdog body is investigating the circumstances of Mzulwini’s death.

“Once all the legalities have been complied with, a report on the outcome of the investigation will be issued,” Dlamini said.

Mzulwini’s group painted a different picture of him to that of the police.

“We distance ourselves from what has been reported on Sfiso Mzulwini by the police … as we know Mzulwini closely both as a fellow member of Ithemba and as a friend. He has been a person who frowned upon any criminal activity,” Thabani Mnyandu said.

Speaking on behalf of the group, he said they had known Mzulwini since 1998 and that he was a responsible person who looked after his family and was peaceful and jovial at all times.

“We find it hard to believe that he was shot for hostility and aggression towards the police … he was a person who enjoyed church, went to gym and mostly he would share jokes with all of us. Over and above this, he liked and enjoyed gospel music and that was his best friend,” Mnyandu said.

Mzulwini’s memorial service will be held today at the Durban City Hall followed by his funeral tomorrow at the eThekwini Community Church in Albert Park.

Meanwhile provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier, Phindile Radebe also did not want to be drawn into the controversy.

“The matter is with the ICD now. I cannot comment …” she said.

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