- The widow of former rugby player Lindani Myeni, who was shot by police in Hawaii, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
- The father of two was gunned down by police who responded to a “burglary in progress” call.
- Myeni’s body is expected to arrive in South Africa today.
The widow of former Durban rugby player Lindani Myeni, who was shot by police in Honolulu, Hawaii, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
The father of two died earlier this month after he was gunned down by police who responded to a “burglary in progress” call.
During a press conference at the Union Buildings this week, Lindsay Myeni accused police of attacking her husband without identifying themselves as law enforcement.
"They (the police) abused their rights and shot him dead because he had a heavy Zulu/English accent and was a black man." says Lindsay.
The shooting took place after a long day of family excursion along the island paradise. On the night of his passing Lindani went on a drive to clear his mind and, according to his wife, probably stopped at a nearby temple.
US Police then claim to have been notified of a 'burglary in progress' at the location and an altercation between Myeni and local officers ensued.
Lindsay Myeni said her husband was defending himself when blinded by a police Maglite and added that the family intends on having the bodycam footage from his unfortunate passing forensically analysed.
The 29-year-old was a former provincial rugby player for the Durban-based Jaguars. His wife is a US citizen, and they had recently moved to Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported local police have apprehended at least three suspects in an attempted robbery. The incident was caught on camera and took place inside the busy Tshwane market, Marabastad.
In the viral clip shared by Twitter user @Abramjee a suspect appears to be leading an accomplice at gunpoint through a narrow aisle in the shop. Two police officers then enter and draw their weapons in an attempt to apprehend the perpetrators.
The suspect then drops his weapon and is shortly followed by a third accomplice before all three suspects fall to the ground and surrender to officers.
Mzansi Twitter users however were not as impressed and took to the comments section to share their mixed reactions to the clip. Read some of their comments below:
"No cover taken, no bulletproof vest, moving as slow as a Teletubby etc, so many basic response mistakes. If the robbers had more movement space it would've been a sad day for SAPS."
"He pooped his pants."
"This looks like those Madluphuthu low budget movies. Anyways well-done men in blue."
"Kudos. Great Police work. Great reaction time. As much as we have so much negative stuff to say about cops in SA, credit where it's due."
"Good work but lots still needs to be done in terms of dealing with these kinds of situations. Our men in blue lack experience."
"Just watched this video. The cops do not have bulletproof vests. Their tactical approach is non-existent. Unbelievable what the @SAPoliceService has become."
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