via SA police investigate the killing of Zim Embassy official | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu 21 October 2013
The South African Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating an incident in which the police shot and killed a Zimbabwean embassy official over the weekend, a news report said on Monday.
A Sapa news agency report quoted police spokesman Moses Dlamini confirming that on Saturday ‘investigators attended the scene’ of the shooting in Pretoria.
According to the report Dlamini said preliminary investigations showed that Lucky Hakueri was shot dead after he and his colleague tried to run away when police details called at a housing estate in Lynnwood to investigate a robbery.
Reports said Hakueri, a security officer at the Zimbabwean embassy, was with his friend, waiting outside another friend’s complex in Glenwood Road at about 2pm.
On being approached by a plain clothes police officer, who was allegedly holding a rifle, the two attempted to flee leading to the shooting.
The South African Independent on line quoted a friend saying she thought the police had suspected both Hakueri and his friend were criminals. On the other hand Hakueri and his friend thought the officer was a carjacker, the paper said.
The Zimbabwean embassy has approached the police for ‘an explanation of what prompted the shooting’.
The paper said the other shooting victim was ‘wounded in his right side and remains in intensive care under police guard.