Mother seeks closure

2013-11-20 00:00

THE mother of Leanne Douglas, a 45-year-old Port Shepstone restaurant owner who was allegedly killed by the police, says she is finding it hard to cope without her daughter. Leonie Luckin (72) said yesterday that friends and neighbours help her get by.

“This is a difficult time for me. I don’t know what’s happening with the investigation. About two or three weeks ago I went to IPID offices and a woman told me that they were attending a course in Pretoria for two weeks. I hope those responsible for my loss are brought to book,” she said.

Douglas died on the N2 near Umkomaas after police allegedly opened fire on her car in September.

Luckin told The Witness at the time that she cried a lot when she was by herself, but when she was with people, the pain eased a little bit.

She said her mother died two months before her own daughter was killed.

“She was 100 years old and everyone else from her side of the family has since died. The same applies to my father’s side, they are all gone. My beautiful girl was all I had left,” she said at the time.

The walls of her Musgrave home are lined with portrait paintings and mosaics that were done by her daughter.

Douglas’s business partner, Fiellies Swane­poel, said the justice system seemed to have different treatment for different people. She said it was an embarrassment that there is much noise when a prominent or well-connected person is involved in a similar situation as Douglas, with prompt action being taken, but when it’s not a well-connected person the system moves at a “snail’s pace”.

“It’s unacceptable that nothing has been done until now. The fact that there is not much communication between the police and family just makes the situation worse. There are so many unanswered questions and had this been a well connected person, the system would have moved swiftly. This is not fair,” said Swanepoel yesterday.

At the time the incident was reported, IPID national spokesperson Moses Dlamini told The Witness that they were investigating why the Umkomaas police allegedly tried to cover up the fact that they had opened fire on the car, causing it to overturn and killing Douglas instantly.

The police reported just on the accident and allegedly concealed the fact that they had shot at the deceased’s vehicle.

“When the vehicle was towed away, the station commander noticed bullet holes in the vehicle and he called the suspects and tried to get clarity. They could not give a reasonable explanation for the shooting. The station commander informed the IPID as required by Section 29 (1) of the IPID Act,” said Dlamini at the time.

Yesterday Dlamini would only say the investigations were ongoing, and that an announcement would be made at an appropriate time.

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