3 days after a 35-year-old Nigerian was shot dead in South Africa, another Nigerian student has been killed reportedly by policemen in Vanderbijlpark, his relatives said.
It was gathered that the young man’s house was raided by police operatives who reportedly handcuffed him and used excessive pepper spray on him before he passed out and died.
The reason for the raid is yet to be ascertained, but police insisted they found him dead.
Below is how South African 90.6 FM Stereo News Team reported the incident:
“The Vanderbijlpark SAPS has urged residents and motorists to avoid the area in Forest Street between Currie Boulevard and Hallwatch Street due to a shootout between the SAPS and Nigerians. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Gertrude Makhale, told the 90.6 FM Stereo News Team in an interview just before 14:00 that SAPS members wanted to search a house in CW5 earlier today, but no one came to answer the door. When police could get in eventually, they found a corpse in the house. However, when relatives of the person who was found dead arrived, they were under the impression that the SAPS killed the person and the situation escalated. Makhale said three police officers were assaulted, one of which was critically injured and taken to a hospital. Two police vehicles were damaged. Warning shots were fired after the assault on police officers. Makhale said there are about 50 Nigerians at the scene and they will make arrests as soon as more back-up from the SAPS has arrived. Various SAPS units are already on the scene and they have closed off the roads around the area.
PHOTOS: (Vaalweekblad journalist Jannie du Plessis, who was on the scene)”