A former mechanic from Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg, has been awarded an interim settlement of R1,29 million after he lost his left arm when police shot him, The Star reported today.
Ntantise Daniel Taliwe (37) reached the settlement with police, after initially claiming more than R10 million in damages.
The matter never went to trial as the minister of police, in his official capacity, admitted total liability.
Taliwe was working on a car engine with three friends on 19 August 2004, when they heard shots being fired, according to the report.
His friends ran off but Taliwe was hit by a bullet from behind. The bullet entered the left side of his chest, damaging an artery.
He had to undergo an operation to restore circulation to his arm, and a second operation because of gangrene, which resulted in his arm being amputated above the elbow.
Unable to return to work, Taliwe received the settlement in respect of past and future loss of income and for damages.
The newspaper said police gave no explanation for the shooting.