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Suspend killer cops - widow

By unknown | Jan 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

The widow of a Port Elizabeth taxi driver who was shot dead by King William's Town traffic officers a month ago wants the cops to be suspended.

The shooting reportedly occurred when Siphiwo Sonti refused to accept a notice of a fine from the officers.

The traffic officers allege that Sonti, 41, went to his taxi and pulled out a gun.

They said he fired five shots in their direction and that they retaliated by pumping seven bullets into Sonti. He was killed instantly.

"I believe the traffic officers who killed my husband deserve to be suspended until the completion of the case," said Sonti's widow, Nomonde.

She told Sowetan she had struggled to make ends meet since her husband was killed.

She is concerned about the slow progress the case is taking.

Nomonde Sonti said she was had been worried that the investigation into her husband's killing would end inconclusively because of the absence of witnesses - but witnesses have now come forward, she believes.

"I have heard from the Uncedo Taxi Association that there are two people who are willing to give evidence."

A police spokesman, Thozama Solani, yesterday said the police sent a docket on the killing to the Director of Public Prosecutions last month.

Commuters in the area say that traffic officers in the area are provoking taxi drivers.


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