BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that IPID is investigating the shooting of a police officer by another officer during a shoot-out with alleged robbers.
The shoot-out reportedly happened at a BP Garage opposite The Spar in Katlehong North.
According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), there was a robbery at The Spar and the policemen had taken positions at the Engen Garage.
“…A case of death as a result of police action is being investigated. This matter was not reported to the IPID. A murder docket was opened this afternoon (yesterday). No arrest has been made. Investigations continue,” stated IPID.
Meanwhile, the shooting was captured in a video recording which has been doing the rounds in the media.
Noting the video depicting the fatal shooting of the police officer circulating online, SAPS identified the member as Constable Tshepo Tladi (35). And, divulged that he died in hospital after he was shot.
“The Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has sanctioned both misconduct and criminal investigations, in collaboration with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), focusing on the members who were on the scene to ensure that those responsible for the fatal shooting of the late Constable Tladi are dealt with accordingly.
An internal investigation is also underway with a view to instituting disciplinary action against any member/s found to have committed an offence or contravened SAPS regulations.”
Commenting, Phahlane expressed that SAPS is extremely shocked and disturbed by the video footage circulating online.
“The insensitivity of the media in circulating a traumatic video of this nature is conspired sensational journalism and unfortunate.
“That the late member’s family has been subjected to the trauma of witnessing his death through viral video footage is regrettable and we extend our deepest condolences to them. We will ensure that justice prevails
“Should there be evidence to prove that police members tampered with the scene or that there was any type of cover-up, there will certainly be judicial consequences,” he promised.