The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is currently investigating the death of a man in Delft, Cape Town, after he was allegedly shot by SAPS officers. The incident has sparked anger and unrest in the community, leading to the stoning of police cars.
The victim, identified as Denver White, 36, was reportedly carrying a toy gun when he was being chased by the police. His family was called to the scene by neighbours and upon arrival, they were informed by paramedics that Denver had already succumbed to his injuries.
Michelle Jansen, Denver’s sister, shared her account of the incident, stating that eyewitnesses claimed the police chased Denver because they believed he had a plastic gun.
According to Michelle, Denver jumped on a wall to escape, and while on the wall, he was shot by the police and fell over. This led to outrage among the community, which started throwing stones at the police vehicles in protest.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has referred all questions regarding the incident to Ipid, who confirmed that they are investigating the matter. According to Ipid spokesperson Robbie Raburabu, it is alleged that the police noticed a male person with a gun in his hand while patrolling Delft. Upon approaching the suspect, he allegedly pointed the firearm at the police, resulting in them fatally shooting him.
Michelle, however, disputes the police’s version of events and believes they are lying. She questions why anyone would point a plastic gun at a police officer and asserts that Denver was running out of fear.
The investigation will aim to uncover the truth behind the shooting and determine whether the firearm was real or not. The community, devastated by the loss of Denver, seeks justice and accountability from the authorities.