Hawker death: Metro officers still on duty

The Metro cops involved in the shooting of an informal trader are still on duty.

FILE: The Metro cops involved in the shooting of an informal trader are still in uniform and on duty.

JOHANNESBURG - One week after Tshwane Metro Police officers shot dead an informal trader, there have been no arrests and the officers involved in the incident remain on duty.

A 20-year-old informal trader died on Wednesday last week after being shot during an altercation with several Metro police officers, who had confiscated his goods.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing the matter.

The Tshwane Municipality's Blessing Manale says three officials involved in the shooting incident remain in full employment, are in uniform and on duty.

"It would be very difficult for us to take any other decision before the South African Police Service has identified them as possible suspects in the matter. That's why we're cautious about taking any other decision that may have them relieved on their duties."

IPID says it must still positively identify which of the officers involved fire the shot that killed the hawker.