The Phoenix man who was shot, had expressed some concern about a policeman who was apparently chatting up his wife after police officers gave her a lift. He later died in hospital.
IPID spokesperson, Grace Langa, said that it had been alleged that Phoenix SAPS police officers from the Verulam police station had given the woman a lift in their vehicle.
“It is alleged that on 4 September SAPS Verulam members from Phoenix gave members of the public a lift. When they were dropping off a female, one member wanted her cellphone number,” Langa said.
“At that stage her husband came to the stop to wait for his wife and he saw that she was in the vehicle. He approached the vehicle and asked the police if that is how they work because he saw something wrong happening to his wife,” Langa said.
Langa said his wife had jumped out of the Phoenix police officers’ vehicle when she heard a gun shot ring out.
“The police sped off. The husband was shot in the stomach and he was transported to Osindisweni hospital and then transferred to Prince Mshiyeni hospital,” Langa said.
The man later died in hosptial, Langa said.
“The police opened a case against the husband stating he shot at them. There is also a bullet hole in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and it is (being kept) at the station,” she said.
Langa said that a ballistic test would be conducted to determine how the shot had been fired. She initially said that IPID was investigating a case of discharging a firearm but the charge had been changed to murder after the woman’s husband had died in hospital following the Phoenix area shooting.