NIGERIAN ‘NOT KILLED BY SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE’

NIGERIAN ‘NOT KILLED BY SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE’

AN AUTOPSY report has revealed that the Nigerian man who was said to have been killed by police in Vanderbijlpark last week actually died from a drug overdose.

This was revealed by Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele NkosiMalobane who marched in the streets of Vanderbijlpark with about 500 residents yesterday. Nkosi-Malobane said the march was aimed at demonstrating anger in a peaceful manner at drugs, prostitution, xenophobia and police attacks that were previously reported in the area.

“After last week’s incident, I received a lot of pressure from our people asking me what I was doing and actually others wanted to start attacking foreign nationals. We therefore wanted to demonstrate our anger peacefully without attacking anyone,” she said.

She said preliminary investigations revealed that the 25-year-old man who was said to have been killed by the police was actually dead from a drug overdose. “The autopsy has revealed that the young man died from a drug overdose. Those police officers who were involved received a tip-off from the community about drug dealings and prostitution in the area and they responded. “Unfortunately one of the men who was inside the house and had overdosed and died and it was not long ago after the police arrived at the house.”

“If our police are involved in any wrongdoing, you have a right to report the matter and open a case against a police officer but not to attack the police officer. We do not condone police attacks,” Malobane said.

She said three men were arrested and denied bail following the incident. “The guys who were seen attacking the police are in prison and we hope they will not be released and that they will be sent to prison and serve their time. After prison they should be deported back home.” She urged people to respect the law and ensure that they do everything legally when they visit the country.

Emfuleni mayor Simon Mahole Mofokeng said most houses in the area were hijacked. “The MEC’s operation would ensure that those who are came to our country illegally and running illegal activities will be deported back to their country.

However, those who are legal and abiding by the law are welcome.” Many buildings in the area are targeted because owners moved to the towns and leave their homes unoccupied. “We will ensure that we disconnect all the services in these houses that are found to be hijacked and cut off the electricity and water. We will do a house audit and find out who the owners are and if possible confiscate the houses as municipality property. We will also do this in other areas where we believe there are illegal activities going on,” he said.

He encouraged the community to continue in working with the police to fight crime. Vanderbijlpark station commander Nikiwe Hoeane said they appreciated the involvement of the public. “It helps a lot for the criminals to see that the singing of the song ‘we need stability’ is not only sung by the police but that the community is also tired and wants to see change.

This place has been invaded by foreigners both good and bad. So the community is saying they will provide us with information and help bring change in the community” she said.

-THABISO MACHAKA|New Age

Facebook Comments

About author

Nigerians in South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa 2028 posts

We are about democracy, human rights, public opinion, political behavior, civil rights and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.

You might also like

AKA CHALLENGES BURNA BOY TO ‘PULL UP’ ON HIM, WHILE TWITTER LABELS NAIJA STAR A HYPOCRITE

Two months after promising to never set foot in SA again and threatening to “pull up” on rapper AKA, Burna Boy is coming to Mzansi and AKA is waiting. The

SWITZERLAND PROMISES IMPROVED RELATIONS WITH NIGERIA IN NON-OIL SECTOR

The Swiss Government is to strengthen its relations with Nigeria in the non-oil sectors in line with the Federal Government’s diversification agenda. Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Eric Mayoraz, made

Politics 0 Comments

SOUTH AFRICA AND NIGERIA: A TALE OF RISING OPTIMISM?, BY RAFIQ RAJI

…there is reason to be optimistic. If, as is often argued, poor governance and corruption are the major constraints on Africa’s development, increased accountability and citizens’ engagement, owing to social

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply