Calls for improved police training after latest mistaken identity shooting

Police shot at a minibus in Cape Town on Tuesday, after mistaking it for a vehicle used by armed robbers.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says police officers need better training to deal with dangerous situations where they might have to open fire.

This follows the latest incident in which officers allegedly shot at a minibus on the N1 near Goodwood on Tuesday, after mistaking it for a vehicle used by armed robbers.

About five weeks ago, a Nando's employee was killed when police allegedly fired shots at the wrong vehicle near Du Noon.

Last month, two McDonald's employees were also shot dead in a similar incident in Blue Downs.

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The ISS' senior policing researcher, Johan Burger, says the incidents are worrying.

"Police will have to put in more effort into the training of police officers to deal with these realities. But if you are authorised to use deadly force, you must make certain that you use it under the right circumstances."

Burger says legally, police can only use deadly force as a last resort to stop an assailant or if lives are in danger.

The passengers of the minibus say police told them they had mistaken the taxi for a getaway vehicle used in a robbery at Paarl Mall.

Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), says officers claim they only fired two warning shots to get the driver to pull over.