Internal investigation under way amid calls for #JusticeforTshego
Johannesburg public safety MMC Michael Sun has said that an internal investigation into the death of Tshegofatso Selahle is under way.
Sun's response comes after public calls for justice intensified on social media since the news of Selahle's death hit the public domain earlier this week.
The 35-year-old died on Saturday as he was chased by Johannesburg metro police, after allegedly disregarding a red traffic light at William Nicol and Sandton drives and refusing to stop when ordered to.
The JMPD's Wayne Minaar said Selahle was aggressive and had resisted arrest as he was under the influence of alcohol.
"The officers called for back up and when more officers arrived, he was restrained and handcuffed. He was put inside a (metro police) van and informed officers that he was struggling to breathe."
Minaar said Selahle was declared dead upon the arrival of the advanced life support team which had been called in by emergency services.
Social media has called for an independent investigation.
I’ve read the statement the tweets and spoken to friends who know more than me and this is infuriating ... the JMPD story fits into nothing rational, from a protocol or humane perspective. It just sounds far fetched and sorry to say : Made up. #JusticeForTshego— Warras (@Shady_Lurker) August 21, 2019
I’ve lost my hearts custodian and my spirit @ablackstory— Linda Mbuso (@Lindambuso) August 20, 2019
I’ll always love you Tshego.
Rest well my baby, death has separated us.
You’ve given me the best 5 years of my life, I’ve grown, We’ve loved, We’ve travelled, We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. I’m left open, and empty. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bWoygur0Mn