Police to probe wrongful killing claim

2012-05-30 08:32

Johannesburg - An investigation would be launched into claims that police shot dead an innocent man while pursuing armed robbers in Soweto, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"We are going to investigate those allegations," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

The Star
reported that a security guard collecting cash from a shopping centre was robbed by two armed men on Monday.

The security guard chased the suspects into the veld and police joined the search in the Eldorado Park area.

Police were told that one of the men was wearing a black jacket. When they saw a man matching this description they opened fire, killing him, according to the newspaper.

The man was Mbantjoa Khang, 29, a Lesotho national who had lived in South Africa for the last three years.

His brother, Mojela, told the newspaper that his brother could not have been the robber police were seeking because he and Mbantjoa had been together at the time of the robbery.

"How could he be part of the heist when he was with us in the morning, cooking on an open fire?"

  • musamuskid - 2012-05-30 08:44

    a research done has revealed that saps are not fit in our democrazy

  • Wimpy - 2012-05-30 08:52

    his brother is the other suspect.

      procold2 - 2012-05-30 08:57

      maybe but wait for the facts, our untrained cops are trigger happy and it wouldnt suprise me if they did shoot the wrong oak.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-30 08:55

    I'm sure the SAPS wouldn't just open fire on the first guy they came across wearing a black jacket. I'm sure there is more to this story. Once again,, incomplete article News24.

      bulelanimaxwell.goniwe1 - 2012-05-30 11:23

      well said Jaysonpaul!

  • Manford - 2012-05-30 09:00

    so everyone wearing a black jacket on that day around that area was a robber, another incompetency from the police, so unprofessional goodbye

  • planetdonovan - 2012-05-30 09:12

    this is what "shoot to kill" gets you.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-30 09:56

      Donovan, Thsi is what "shoot to kill" combined with having 27500 SAPS morons that are unable to pass a competency test walk the streets with firearms on them. passing this test is prescribed in the firearms act as a condition for any citizen being allowed to have a firearm. there are many thousand others that have not been able to pass the test wehre they must actually hit their INTENDED target, and they are also armed on the streets. It is a fact that a huge part of the SAPS is inadequate to be employed as police officers. never mind their administrative stuff ups, those can somehow be fixed. in most cases. When they stuff up with firearms innocent people die. Only a few weeks ago a bystander was killed when an idiot cop "accidentally discharged" his R5 in a road block. A couple of months ago a teenager that "was suspected of having a firearm" was shot 5 times (murdered) while he was lying on the ground, unarmed and in a surrrender position. Both these investigations have been hushed, and the list is MUCH longer. Add to it poor training

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-30 09:48

    This is a load of manure! does anyone truly believe that the SAPS will investigate properly when one of their own is accused of killing an innocent person. Yeah Right... The lot of them, including the HAWKS are corrupt and inept

  • Dianne - 2012-05-30 10:49

    More SAP reckless behaviour. Shoot first, then ask questions when it's too late and a life is lost for no reason. IDIOTS!

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