Tshwane fast-tracks trader death probe

An informal trader was allegedly gunned down my officers on Wednesday evening.

FILE: An informal trader speaks with a policeman. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

PRETORIA - The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on Friday said it's fully committed to helping police investigate the deadly shooting of an informal trader.

The vendor was allegedly killed by a metro police officer.

An altercation erupted between traders and officers who were checking licences on Wednesday evening.

Vendors accused metro police of victimisation.

Three officers, including the one who allegedly shot and killed the 30-year-old trader, have taken leave of absence while police investigate the murder.

Tshwane spokesperson Blessing Manale says the case is being fast-tracked to get to the bottom of what actually happened.

He says they're also investigating allegations that an ambulance took an hour to respond to the incident.

Manale says the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) has been brought in to investigate the incident.

The South African Informal Traders Forum slammed the metro police, accusing it of ongoing harassment.

The parties have agreed to meet to discuss tensions between hawkers and authorities.