Family Want Closure After Ipid Arrests Officers for Allegedly Killing Father: “Justice Must Prevail”

Family Want Closure After Ipid Arrests Officers for Allegedly Killing Father: “Justice Must Prevail”

The family of a slain motorist, more than a year since their relative died in a hail of bullets, allegedly at the hands of police, is calling for justice after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrested two Walmer police officers in Gqeberha in connection with the incident. Vuyolwethu Ndokweni was gunned down on 29 April last year when a late-night drive to the airport precinct turned into a chase. The officers appeared in the Gqeberha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and were released on R1000 bail each.

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Slain father's family want justice after Ipid arrests police
The relatives of a murdered man are seeking justice after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate arrested two officers for his alleged murder. Image: Getty, Sourced
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GQEBERHA — A distraught family of a slain Nelson Mandela Bay motorist has expressed unhappiness over the handling of the case after their relative allegedly died at the hands of police.

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Vuyolwethu Ndokweni was killed on 23 April last year when police tried to pull him over during a chase near the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport precinct.

Victim a breadwinner in his family

Ndokweni, a father of two and the sole breadwinner in his family had reportedly tried to shake them off, afraid of losing his job if he were arrested.

Police fired multiple shots at his vehicle until it came to a stop.

He sustained gunshot wounds to the back of the head and shoulder and was declared dead at the scene.

The incident was reported to Ipid as death resulting from police action.

Briefly News understands Ndokweni was, at the time, reportedly driving while intoxicated.

More than a year after the incident, on 11 June, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it had arrested two Crime Prevention Unit officers, Sergeant Fezeka Puwe and Constable Ayanda Nodolo, charging them with murder.

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Police officers to have their day in court

Ipid spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the police watchdog arrested Puwe and Nodolo on Tuesday on a charge of murder.

"They appeared in Gqeberha Magistrates' Court and were released on R1000 bail each," Shuping said.

The victim's father, Lamleli, 60, spoke to Briefly News about his family's heartbreak and his disappointment over the suspects' release on bail.

"This case has completely devastated our lives," he said.
"We have endured countless sleepless nights. However, as a family, we hope to see the suspects have their day in court while I am still alive.
"My son's death has affected us in more ways than one, among which was his usefulness in getting us around in his car.
"We are sore over these events, but, ultimately, we call for the long arm of the law to take its course.
"Through this, it should be clear that everyone is equal before the law."

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The case was postponed until 29 July for further investigations.

Family of slain siblings condemns former Mpumalanga cop

In other news, Briefly News recently reported that the family of slain siblings, Nomthandazo Mnisi, her sister Colisile Mnisi, 32, and their brother Dennis Mkhatshwa, 42, has described former officer Sizwe Cedric Khoza as a monster who should be locked away for good.

Mandla Mnisi, a relative of the slain victims, conveyed the family's approval of the verdict after Khoza was handed three life sentences for the brutal murders of his wife and her two siblings.

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Tshepiso Mametela Tshepiso Mametela is a seasoned journalist with eight years of experience writing for online and print publications. He is an evening/weekend editor at Briefly News. He was a general news reporter for The Herald, a senior sports contributor at Opera News SA, and a reporter for Caxton Local Media’s Bedfordview and Edenvale News and Joburg East Express community titles. He has attended media workshops, including the crime and court reporting one by the Wits Justice Project and Wits Centre for Journalism in 2024. He was a member of the Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) from 2018 to 2020.