Cops involved in two shooting incidents where employees of two fast food chains were killed could face murder charges.
But nearly five months after Nando’s employee Phumza Fudumele died in February when cops mistook the taxi she was travelling in for that of a group of robbers, the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID) is still busy investigating the case.
IPID spokesperson Robbie Raburabu says their investigation was being held up because cops have been dragging their heels compiling important documents.
“The police have since complied and given statements but technical reports such as ballistic tests are still outstanding,” he explains.
IPID is still waiting on SAPS members involved in a shooting in March during which two employees of the McDonald’s branch in Kuils River were killed, to make statements.
They were caught in the crossfire between cops, and robbers travelling in a minibus similar to theirs.
Two suspects were also fatally wounded.
According to Raburabu, six police statements as well as technical reports are still outstanding.
“They (SAPS members) initially indicated that they wanted to make the statements through their legal representatives so we are not sure what the hold-up is. It is not a desirable situation, we have been waiting too long,” states Raburabu.
Once IPID has completed the investigations, they will make recommendations about the findings.
“We will also make recommendations to the National Prosecuting Authority whether anybody should be charged.
“The charges depend on our findings but could include murder and attempted murder,” explains Raburabu.