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THE Independent Complaints Directorate is investigating an incident in which police opened fire on three men in car last week.
Sowetan reported yesterday that Pretoria police chased and opened fire on occupants of a car after they mistook them for robbers.
The officers were responding to a robbery in Wonderboom, outside Pretoria when they came across Vedzisane Tshukudu, Kagiso Gaanakgomo and Phineas Lenkopa last Friday.
They shot the driver in the shoulder and left the VW Golf riddled with bullet holes.
The shooting started after the car was bumped from behind by a minibus taxi.
"Our car stalled and just as we were trying to get it started a policeman emerged from nowhere and started shooting at us. From the way he was shooting it was clear he was determined to finish us off. More police came and started assaulting us," Tshukudu said.
When the police realised their mistake they had the three men locked up on trumped-up charges over the weekend.
Documents show they were detained at Wonderboompoort police station and charged with reckless and negligent driving.
The Pretoria magistrate's court on Monday withdrew the charges. The ICD's Moses Dlamini said yesterday that the directorate had started gathering information about the incident.
The victims' lawyer Tlou Selolo said he was suing police for R1million.
This comes a fortnight after Pretoria police shot and killed Olga Kekana, 29, when they fired at the car in which she was travelling.
The police suspected that Kekana and her companions were hijackers after a car similar to the one she was travelling in was reported hijacked.