Police ‘fail’ shooting survivor

2018-07-19 06:01
Zodwa Mtalana, the scar from the gunshot wound visible on her chest, survived a shooting.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Zodwa Mtalana, the scar from the gunshot wound visible on her chest, survived a shooting.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Zodwa Mtalana from Asanda Village is livid.

The 41-year-old mother of four is thankful to be alive after being shot in the chest and head.

She left doctors speechless when she didn’t remain in hospital for long, so her survival is nothing short of remarkable.

The shooting occurred on Friday 6 July.

What angers is that the police have not taken a statement from her and no case has been opened.

“I was sitting on my couch when the knock came,” she recalled, “and the guy said he is Siyabonga. On opening the door I saw two guys, and I knew the one in front.”

Mtalana says the first shot was in the chest followed by another in the head.

“I know the person who shot me because we live in the same area,” she says.

Mtalana would not go into detail about what led to the shooting, but it’s been speculated to be a matter relating to inheritance left to her daughter by her husband, who died earlier this year.

Mtalana has approached the courts about inheritance and a curator has been appointed to divide the man’s belongings.

“I went to the police station after I was discharged, and the police told me they were going to come to my house, but they never did,” Mtalana claimed.

She said she went for the second time and was told the investigating officer handling her case was not available.

“If I take revenge, the police will be quick to arrest me, yet they have not done anything with my case,” Mtalana said.

“My life is in danger because the person may come back and finish what he started. I want him to be arrested.”

What the police sayIn response to an enquiry sent by City Vision, Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, provincial police spokesperson, said Mtalana must report the matter immediately to Lwandle authorities.

“We are dealing here with a serious allegation against the police, which needs to be investigated,” he said.

“[The woman] should lodge an official complaint with the management of Lwandle Police Station so that an investigation can be instituted.

“Once this investigation has been finalised this office will be in a far better position to respond to the matter.”

City Vision alerted Mtalana to thi and she said she would lodge the complaint as soon as possible.

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