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Govt to help bury girl killed during chase

2012-10-31 21:00

Johannesburg - The government will help a Soweto family bury an 11-year-old girl shot dead during a police chase, the community safety department said on Wednesday.

"The assistance will not end with the funeral arrangements, but with any other possible arrangements, including the regular updates on the investigations," Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said.

The girl was hit by a bullet while police were chasing a man in Braamfischerville last Monday.

He had threatened to kill his girlfriend and her mother, and damaged the windows of his girlfriend's home.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the woman pointed out the man's home to the police.

"As the police approached the premises, [the] suspect released a dog and jumped over a wall."

A chase ensued. A police officer fired two shots when the man drew his firearm.

The child, playing nearby, was hit and died at the scene. The man got away.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate was looking into the matter.

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-31 21:08

    I should hope so... The least they could do...

      lsfreak - 2012-10-31 21:58

      Agreed and while they're @ it give that man a desk :(

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-31 21:26

    I am sure there should be compensation and not just a funeral. The family must be very careful now, the unscrupulous will be out in full force. Very sad for the family.

  • di.hingley - 2012-10-31 21:33

    Paying for the funeral? Assistance not ending with the funeral arrangements? Any other possible arrangements? All this for a loss of a child's life!! OMG!!! This will not return the child!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-01 07:35

      I agree with you on that one,the only thing I would want from them is my child nothing more,helping to bury my child that they killed would not make me grateful

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-31 21:38

    The little girl did not ask to die, and the cops were very careless with their fire arms,The government should pay the family for the rest of their lives for the loss of the child. Gun happy cop as usual.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-31 21:45

    Let's hope the compensation doesn't end there. The life of a child is worth more than the price of a funeral. This saga definitely indicates poor training and over zealous trigger happy police.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-31 21:56

    They should be taken to the cleaners.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-10-31 21:58

    Helping with funeral...??? Sue the minister of safety and security for wrongful death. Really...the crook threaten to hurt someone but the cops kill innocent bystander?? Make them pay for their incompetence.

  • narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-10-31 22:03

    sheez, that's truly f*cking magnanimous. when will these poorly trained trigger-happy cops be reined in? condolences to the family and I think you should sue for unlawful loss of life, reckless endangerment and whatever else a fancy-pants pro bono lawyer can come up with.

  • paul.nkunzi - 2012-10-31 22:21

    Incompetent police man,how does he dischrge his gun in a residential area?miss the target and kill an innocent kid?there was no use for the police to shoot,cause his life was not in danger...

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-10-31 22:40

    A child is priceless - how does one calculate the "compensation to be paid"? "A police officer fired two shots when the man drew his firearm." Did the "man" actually fire at any body? In this instance the policeman should only have used his firearm if he was actually shot at / if he was sure that there was nobody else in his firing line / and if he was sure that he would hit his target. When last was this police officer on a shooting range - did he qualify?

      Masixole Lolyie Mtsewu - 2012-11-01 05:31

      ey u missed a Point ,there is no Police officer carying firearm without being found fit and competent to use it,so lets wait for the results of the investigation

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-01 07:37

      @ Masixole Lolyie Mtsewu - 90% of the police are not competent to posess a fire arm they have proved it time and again.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-01 07:39

      I'm sorry the only thing that would make me feel better if i was the parent is if the policeman himself was shot dead, maybe I'm vindictive but i just dont see how paying for the funeral would put me at ease.

  • fahiema.majiet.3 - 2012-10-31 22:58

    I think our Government should be held accountable for each and every senseless act of violence in this country! Were they so disillusioned to think we are going to think them people with feelings by paying for the life of an innocent child?? Are they paying to sooth their conscience if they at all do have?? How I cannot help but wonder do they ever sleep at night! Oh wait they actually don't mind spending money on a funeral they will just add extra for their own pockets!! This is my own thoughts..

  • Masixole Lolyie Mtsewu - 2012-11-01 05:40

    Thats bad for an innocent child to be shot at n killed,bt ppl i also feel the pain coz im also a parent,bt i think we should nt point fingers to the SAPS Officers,lets wait for the investigation to take place n the matter taken to the court of law,sothini if the Bullet that killed that angel was discharged by the suspect?

  • Tman Matenchi - 2012-11-01 11:51

    Few months back Sunday times ran a story that thousand SAPS member are unfit to possess and use fire arms. Now they have missed a huge target and hit a child. the govt is responsible.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-11-01 21:54

      short and to the point, Tman

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