‘Probe suspects’ killings’

2010-11-22 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party has called on the KwaZulu-Natal government and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to institute an investigation into a spate of incidents in which police opened fire and killed a number of crime suspects.

The call by the IFP follows the murder of Sifiso Mzulwini (33), a singer in the Ithemba Gospel group, who was shot dead by police in Isipingo near Durban last week.

The first police report stated that Mzulwini was shot by unidentified men, but the second report said he was shot by police who were looking for him because he was allegedly involved in a number of house burglaries and armed robberies in the Isipingo area.

The IFP spokesperson on safety and security, Velaphi Ndlovu, said: “Of late, there has been an alarming increase in police recklessness in KZN. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the police force in KwaZulu-Natal is no longer bound by the law, but now operates on a shoot-to-kill policy where they simply shoot dead any person without asking questions or without trying to apprehend suspects.”

The Mzulwini family has reported the matter to the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) and asked it to investigate.

“We are calling on the ICD to finalise their investigation as a matter of urgency so that the public can be made aware of the gross abuse of power by the police in KZN,” Ndlovu said.

“In June, the IFP expressed its shock following reports that Phoenix police officers in KwaZulu-Natal had killed three brothers in their sleep at their home in Mount Moriah north of Durban in what seemed to be an unprovoked attack on an unarmed family.

“It is very clear that the police in KZN are now a law unto themselves and they are clearly in breach of our Constitution.”

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