Ipid: Cops delaying probe into McDonald's, Nando's staff shootings

Police officers, in both cases, were chasing criminals when they mistakenly opened fire on staff taxis.

FILE: 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 - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) claims police are causing unnecessary delays in the investigation into the deadly shooting of two McDonalds employees in Blue Downs, in Cape Town.

The police watchdog adds it also seems as if police officers involved in a separate shooting in Dunoon are reluctant to cooperate in the investigation into that incident.

Earlier this year, police officers were chasing a group of armed men who had robbed a filling station in Kuils River when they mistakenly opened fire on a taxi in which several McDonald's employees were travelling.

Two people were killed and several other occupants were also wounded.

Just a week prior to this incident, officers also shot at a taxi which was transporting Nando's staffers in the Dunoon area, thinking the vehicle had been used in an armed robbery.

Ipid's Robbie Raburabu says it seems the South African Police Service members involved are reluctant to give statements.

"They said they were going to consult with their legal representatives and come back to us and we've been waiting. Some said because if the kind of work they do, if they give us statements, they are going to blow their cover - which is nonsense."

Raburabu says the investigations have been dragging on for too long.