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'Bring my girl's case to court'

By unknown | Feb 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Justice delayed is justice denied!

This is how Busi Ngcobo of Umlazi, south of Durban, feels after her daughter was killed during a protest at which police allegedly fired live ammunition three years ago. Ngcobo, 46, blames police for killing her only daughter, Nomthandazo, who was a breadwinner.

A postmortem confirmed that she was killed by a bullet. The matter was referred to the Independent Complaints Directorate but the family has never been informed about the outcome.

Nomthandazo was allegedly caught in a cross-fire when police attempted to disperse protesters calling for the removal of a local councillor. She died at the scene.

At the time police claimed that they had used rubber bullets to calm the angry residents.

"Police shot her in 2006 and she was not part of the protest. She was killed while waiting for a bus to take her to work.

"I was told that the investigation into her death was complete, but the case has not gone to court. I know nothing," said her grieving mother.

Ngcobo said she wants the case to be taken to court. She appealed to MEC for community safety Bheki Cele to intervene.

Police spokesman Superintendent Muzi Ngomezulu said the matter is still being investigated by the IDC.

"The docket is still with the ICD. There are some issues that still need to be attended to," he said.


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