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Cops slammed over 'failure' to nab gunmen

By Corrinne Louw | Jun 18, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE yesterday denied allegations that they were dragging their feet in bringing to book three men who shot and might have crippled a 25-year-old woman on Sunday night.

Shameema Rasool, 25, was shot outside her home in Effingham Heights, when three men tried to take her car, a Toyota Corolla, in a botched hijacking attempt.

But her sister said yesterday that "no statement has been taken and the people who shot my sister, leaving her with no control of her bladder and legs, are free".

On Monday Waheeda told the Sowetan that doctors said Shameema might never walk again.

"We are so frustrated because her condition is not improving and we are not being helped by the police in any way," she said weeping.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Waheeda's allegations were not true.

"When the victim was shot she was left in a critical condition," he said.

"We cannot take a statement from a person who is in a critical condition, but investigations are continuing even though we do not have a statement.

"We are still looking for the suspects."

Mdunge confirmed that no arrests had been made.

He said that a docket had been opened on the same day the botched hijacking occurred.

Waheeda said her sister was hardly able to speak and was being fed through a tube.


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