The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened an attempted murder investigation after members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) opened fire on members of the public in Gauteng on Wednesday, 22 December.WOMAN TRIES TO RUSH CHILD TO HOSPITAL
IPID National spokesperson Grace Langa said that at approximately 22:30 a woman from Extension 6 in Soshanguve had difficulty with her three-year-old child who was sick.
The woman asked her taxi driver neighbour to drive them to the Block BB Clinic in Soshanguve.
“It is alleged the driver took his company vehicle which is a Quantum [taxi] and drove them to the clinic.
“Inside the Quantum were four occupants; the driver, two females, one male and the three-year-old patient,” said the IPID spokesperson.
POLICE OPEN FIRE ON TAXI
At the same time, members of the Pretoria National Intervention Unit – along with the Soshanguve Tracing Unit – were working in the area.
The police had reportedly received a tip-off about a white Quantum that prowled Soshanguve and committed robberies.
“It is alleged the police spotted a taxi quantum that fitted the description of the information they had and it was at Buitenkant Street in Soshanguve towards the direction of Rietgat Police Station,” said Langa.
The police reportedly attempted to stop the vehicle but the taxi driver refused to stop and attempted to escape by speeding off. The officers responded by throwing a stun grenade towards the driver but he was undeterred.
According to IPID, the police were using an unmarked vehicle and the taxi driver thought he was about to be hijacked.
The police allegedly opened fire on the taxi and they showed a blue light – when the driver saw the light, he pulled over to the side of the road.
“The police approached them and it was discovered that two of the females who were in the taxi got injured,” said Langa.
One of the women sustained gunshot wounds to her left leg and her right side; the other was also shot on her right side. Both victims were transported to George Mkhari Hospital by ambulance.
According to IPID, eight R5 cartridges and a stun grenade canister were found on the scene.
The attempted murder investigation continues.
The South African