Lindani Myeni: 'Very different story' emerges as new video released of SA man's death in Hawaii

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
New footage as emerged of the night Lindani Myeni was killed by police in Hawaii in April.
New footage as emerged of the night Lindani Myeni was killed by police in Hawaii in April.
YouTube Screenshot/Justice for Lindani Myeni
  • Lawyer Bridget Morgan-Bickerton says doorbell video footage sheds new light on the Lindani Myeni shooting in Hawaii.
  • Police shot the South African former rugby player dead in April.
  • Myenu's widow Lindsay had filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging police were motivated by racial discrimination.

New unedited doorbell video footage has emerged in the investigation into the death of former South African rugby player, Lindani Myeni, in Hawaii in April.

Myeni's family's lawyer, Bridget Morgan-Bickerton, said the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) received and reviewed the Ring Video Doorbell recordings of the night Myeni was killed.

"They show a very different story from the one [the] HPD has disseminated to the public. [The] HPD fought the release of these recordings and even tried to block Myeni's widow, Lindsay, from subpoenaing the videos directly from the owner of 91 Coelho Way [where the shooting occurred].

"HPD has tried to convince the public that this was a burglary and that Myeni was acting erratically, but the doorbell video we have now obtained from the owner shows that HPD knew all along these stories were untrue."

READ | KZN rugby community, friends in disbelief after 'gentle' South African man killed by US police

Honolulu police shot Myeni dead and claimed that they were responding to a 911 burglary call. Police bodycam footage showed Myeni attacking officers. But Myeni's wife Lindsay alleged in a wrongful death lawsuit that police were motivated by racial discrimination against an unarmed black man.


According to Morgan-Bickerton, the footage confirms that Myeni believed he was visiting a temple in the area.

"The owner confirmed that on more than one occasion in the past, visitors have mistaken his property for the temple..."

The doorbell video shows a couple walking into the building, followed by Myeni wearing his traditional ceremonial Zulu headband that he would wear to visit a spiritual place like a church or temple. You hear his voice faintly as he introduces himself.

Lindsey Myeni, the wife of KZN born Lindani Myeni
Lindsey Myeni, the wife of KZN born Lindani Myeni at his memorial in Empangeni.
Mourners at the Lindani Myeni memorial in KwaZulu-
Mourners at the Lindani Myeni memorial in KwaZulu-Natal
Lindani Myeni’s mortal remains arrive at OR Tambo
Lindani Myeni’s mortal remains arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday. (Chanté Schatz, News24)

"We have just received the full, unredacted body cam footage for the time following the shooting and are still processing it. However, we are fortunate to have the recordings linked here. Now, with modern recording technology, doorbell videos and body cams, the public can see what has been going, and we can all hope that this technology will help bring such police conduct to an end."

The bodycam footage also confirms clear audio that police did not announce themselves until after Myeni had been shot multiple times.

Morgan-Bickerton added that, for too many years, similar events happened in Hawaii and around the country, but there was nothing to challenge the officers' versions.

The United States embassy in Pretoria says it is monitoring the investigation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Voting Booth
Should pension fund members be allowed to access their savings before retirement?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, it's their money to do with as they please.
35% - 1625 votes
No, more people will end up without enough savings in retirement.
37% - 1736 votes
Depends on how big the withdrawal limits will be.
28% - 1338 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.