Grand­fa­ther dies in shoot-out with cops

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

CON­FLICT­ING ver­sions of a fa­tal shoot­ing which left a grand­fa­ther dead and one po­lice­man se­ri­ously wounded in eNse­leni on Thurs­day morn­ing, are puz­zling in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The fam­ily of the de­ceased grand­fa­ther, Bhek­izenzo Mcupheni Msweli (65), claim he died at the hands of po­lice who ‘at­tacked’ their house.

‘At dawn we heard dogs bark­ing and we thought in­trud­ers had jumped the fence. My hus­band took out his reg­is­tered firearm and checked the front door,’ said

Msweli’s wife, Sihle Mdlet­she.

‘A group of about 10 men en­tered our premises and they did not iden­tify them­selves as po­lice of­fi­cers.

‘They threw ex­plo­sives in­side our home, and that’s when the shoot­ing started.

‘No one knew they were po­lice. We all thought criminals had tar­geted our house.

‘When we asked why they at­tacked our home, po­lice in full uni­form said they were fol­low­ing a lead of a stolen ve­hi­cle.

‘My hus­band has cars, but none of them were stolen,’ she said.

The po­lice ver­sion of events is that the KwaMsane Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Team and KwaMbonambi SAPS tar­geted the homestead in search of a sus­pect in­volved in a house rob­bery and rape in­ci­dent which oc­curred in June last year.

Ac­cord­ing to their state­ment, a sus­pect opened fire when the po­lice swooped in.

Po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said Msweli suf­fered three gun­shot wounds on his up­per body and he died sev­eral hours later in Ng­welezana Hospi­tal.

A po­lice of­fi­cer was also se­ri­ously in­jured dur­ing the shoot-out.

King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Capt Mbon­geni Md­lalose, said an in­quest and at­tempted mur­der cases were opened.

Msweli will be laid to rest on Satur­day.

No one knew they were po­lice

Bhek­izenzo Msweli

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