Investigation into taxi shooting welcomed

2014-10-06 21:20
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Durban - An investigation into the fatal shooting of a taxi rank manager by eThekwini metro police officers was welcomed on Monday by KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu.

It is alleged that on Saturday, an eThekwini metro police officer shot the taxi rank manager Musa Mdletshe four times in full view of passengers in Durban's Prince Edward Street.

"We welcome steps that are being taken to investigate and get to the bottom of this allegation. These allegations are, indeed, disturbing and reflect badly on the police work. We need to find out what exactly happened so that we can take all necessary corrective measures," said Mchunu.

A case of murder and attempted murder has been opened with the police and it is also being investigated by the Independent Police Investigations Directorate.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi was quoted by the Mercury newspaper as saying that police had been chasing a taxi that had jumped a red robot and Mdletshe and other drivers had tried to prevent them from doing their duty.

"Police had then decided to arrest the rank manager [Mdletshe], but he ran away and, as he ran, a taxi picked him up. However, the police managed to block the taxi and that is when the suspect pulled out a knife. The policeman then shot him," Msomi told the Mercury.

Mchunu urged witnesses to co-operate with police investigating the incident.

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