Mother desperate for answers

2014-04-24 00:00

THE 73-year-old Musgrave mother, Leonie Luckin, whose daughter Leanne Douglas died allegedly at the hands of the police on the N2 in the South Coast, is heartbroken.

When Douglas (45) died in September last year, she left her mother the only surviving member of the family. Talking to The Witness last Wednesday, Luckin said she is yet to get feedback from the Independent Police Investigations Directorate about her daughter’s killers.

Luckin reminisced about the times she used to spend with her only daughter, and later spoke of how she felt about the delays in the case.

“I’m an old woman with a sore heart. Since my daughter’s death my life has changed. It pains me to discover that despite the attempted cover-up of what exactly happened, those implicated in my child’s death still enjoy their freedom.”

She said over holidays they enjoyed each others’ company. “On Easter holidays we would spend time together, now all that is gone. What have I done to deserve this? My friends and neighbours invite me to their homes but I just choose to sit at home.”

On the fateful night, before shots were fired at Douglas’s car while he was driving on the N2 and before she lost control of the vehicle, she phoned her mother saying there were people who wanted to kill her. “My baby phoned me screaming that there were people who wanted to kill her. After that her phone went dead.”

At the time, The Witness reported that the Umkomaas police officers who shot at Douglas tried to cover up the fact that they had opened fire on her.

IPID national spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, said at the time the directorate was investigating Douglas’s death as a result of police action.

Dlamini said on the night in question a group of policemen driving in two marked vehicles and one unmarked one saw a woman who was driving a blue vehicle from Port Shepstone towards Umkomaas.

Dlamini said, “When the police tried to stop her she allegedly sped off and a chase ensued. The policemen fired shots at the woman’s vehicle causing her to lose control, and the vehicle overturned.

“It is alleged that the policemen reported just the accident and concealed the fact that they had shot at the deceased’s vehicle.”

Yesterday, Dlamini said the investigation has been finalised and the docket had been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a decision. “The docket has been with the DPP for a couple of months now.”

With regard to action taken against the implicated officers, Dlamini said it was up to the police management to deal with them.

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