2006-10-18 : Councillor furious as wife shot by police

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2006-10-18 : Councillor furious as wife shot by police

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2006-10-30 08:45

Councillor furious as wife shot by police

October 18 2006 at 02:49PM

By Miranda Andrew

An eThekwini councillor is furious after his wife was shot in the leg as police tried to apprehend a mentally disturbed man in Wentworth on Tuesday.

Nosiphelo Nomfeketho, 29, was carrying her two-year-old son Konke at the time, but she managed to cradle him in her arms as she fell.

A policeman was also shot in the bizarre set of events.

'Why didn't they end up shooting the person they had been aiming for?' The councillor, Nkululeko Nomfeketho, 35, believes police should never have opened fire on the man when there were passers-by in the vicinity.

"How could something like this happen?" asked Nomfeketho, who is a councillor for Chesterville in the eThekwini municipality.

He said the bullet could have just as easily struck his son. "Why didn't they end up shooting the person they had been aiming for?"

Police spokesperson Inspector Thulani Mkhize said the man had been creating a disturbance and the officers were going to take him to the local station to fill out some forms and then send him for observation.

But, when the officers tried to take him away from his home, he allegedly snapped.

"He tried to assault the officers with a panga and one policeman opened fire," said Mkhize.

Instead, the policeman's colleague and a bystander were shot.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said both Nomfeketho, a student nurse, and the 30-year-old officer had been shot in the right thigh.

They were taken to King Edward VIII Hospital and both are reported to be in a stable condition.

Mkhize said the matter would be investigated and a decision taken on the appropriate action against the policeman.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Daily News on October 18, 2006
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