Shot man: ICD takes over probe

2010-11-04 00:00

THE Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) has taken over the investigation of a random shooting by police in which a man was killed and four other people were seriously wounded in Richmond on Sunday.

The family members of the dead man, 45-year-old Mfano Mkhize, said they were told on Tuesday that the ICD was investigating the shooting incident.

“We were told that the ICD has removed the body from Richmond’s government mortuary to Durban to prevent police from interfering with the evidence. We will have to wait for an autopsy to be completed before we have a funeral,” said Mkhize’s sister-in-law, Bawinile Madondo.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed the ICD has taken over the investigation.

Mkhize was killed when police opened fire randomly on a crowd in Siyathuthuka after about 50 residents had tried to attack Mzikayise Nzimande (52), who was being arrested for murder and attempted murder, at about 11 pm.

Nzimande had allegedly stabbed Mkhize’s relative, Bongani Mkhize, to death and wounded another man with the knife.

Four people were seriously injured when police opened fire. The four are in Edendale Hospital.

The Mkhize family want answers as to why police killed Mkhize.

Mkhize, who is from the nearby Slahla area in Ndaleni, had gone to Siyathuthuka after hearing about Bongani Mkhize’s murder.

“Mkhize was not even in the crowd that was throwing stones. He was standing a distance away when he was shot,” said Madondo.

Madondo said she was present when police opened fire with rifles and pistols.

Mkhize was the father of seven children between the ages of one and 26 years. He worked at a local avocado farm.

“My father has left us with no means of survival. His one-year-old daughter Fisi has been robbed of a chance of getting to know her father,” said Mkhize’s son, Mphakanyelwa.

“After the shooting, police just left the scene without calling an ambulance. We had to use a truck to take the victims to a clinic about four hours later. My father died on the way.”

Radebe said police opened fire after a bullet was fired and the crowd threw stones.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Nzimande, who is facing murder and attempted murder charges, appeared in Richmond Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and the case was postponed.

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