Police 'frustrating' murder investigation

It's alleged a Tshwane metro police officer shot and killed a hawker after an alterction.

It's alleged a Tshwane metro police officer shot and killed a hawker after an alterction.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News has learnt of a concerted effort by Tshwane metro officers linked to the death of a hawker, to frustrate the murder investigation and cover up for the officer who pulled the trigger.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has confirmed that it is investigating the shooting, but says it is experiencing difficulty from officials involved.

Foster Rivambo (20) was shot dead last Wednesday when an altercation broke out between street vendors and officers who were checking trading licences.

Eyewitness News understands that the South African Police Service alerted IPID about the shooting, only after their officers were told by the ambulance crew which responded to the incident.

It's further alleged that metro police officers lied to their superiors suggesting they didn't fire any shots at all.

IPID's Moses Dlamini says they're still trying to properly identify which officer pulled the trigger.

"This matter wasn't reported properly and the issue of identifying the suspect is still under investigation."

It's also understood that damning surveillance footage recorded by the municipality's own operator will be handed over to IPID.

It's believed to show how an altercation between several Tshwane metro police officers and informal traders escalated to a fist fight.

Rivambo allegedly hurled an object at an officer, who then responded with a shot from his service pistol.

Despite being fatally wounded, the officers involved arrested Rivambo and put him in the back of a police van where he died about an hour later.