Police have made the confirmation that it is investigating a case of culpable homicide, following the death of a 29-year old man in KwaMashu on Monday.
Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said investigation began after the case was opened at the KwaMashu police station.
However, on Monday, according to Gwala; a group of community members from the KwaMashu Hostel initiated a protest and blocked the M25 near Malandela Road with burning tyres and rubble.
“On the same day, at 10am, a 29-year-old man was on the M25 KwaMashu off ramp when he was allegedly knocked by a metro police vehicle. The victim was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” she said.
Metro police have disputed the allegation after reports claimed the said man was killed by an armoured vehicle.
According to metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad:
“He ran down from where he was standing, at the top of a steep embankment, and ran towards the vehicle. He was picked up by a group of his friends who rushed him to hospital. We did not know which hospital he was taken to, but when officers went to the police station to lay a charge, they were told that the man had died and his friends had opened a case as well. An inquest has been opened,” Parboo said.
“They were upset that they were being moved into another ward without any consultation from the municipality,” he said.
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