Saps to assist Ipid with investigations into McDonalds, Nando's shootings

Three civilians were killed in two alleged cases of mistaken identity by police members.

The bullet-ridden taxi in Blue Downs after police mistakenly opened fire on it, killing two of the occupants. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says the South African Police Service (Saps) will offer their support where necessary in the investigations into two police shootings which led to the death of three civilians.

Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, is currently investigating a shooting in Blue Downs that led to the death of two McDonald's employees and a Dunoon shooting where a Nando's employee was fatally shot.

When asked for comment on the two police shootings in Blue Downs and Dunoon, Nhleko said he couldn't say much as the matter is in Ipid's hands.

He has, however, vowed to take action where it's needed once Ipid has concluded their investigations.

Meanwhile, acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says the South African Police Service (Saps) will assist Ipid where necessary.

"We will call for space to be granted for an investigation to be completed by Ipid. We commit to ensure that we work together with Ipid and work together with the bereaved families."

The two McDonald's employees were shot and killed last week after police allegedly believed the vehicle they'd been driving in had been part of an armed robbery.

Two weeks before that incident, police shot at a taxi killing one Nando's employee, also in an alleged case of mistaken identity.

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