Death under investigation

The death of a Manenberg resident following enforcement operations in the area last weekend is still under investigation by the police.

The City of Cape Town says they are deeply perturbed by claims that the deceased was deliberately harmed by officers on Saturday 18 August.

The City has been made aware of the incident following a response by the City’s enforcement staff to a complaint of illegal activities in the area.

Officers attached to the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team and the City’s Stabilisation Unit reacted to the complaint of people gambling, drinking and smoking dagga on a street corner in Manenberg just before 21:00.

The City explains it was during the pursuit of the suspects that the resident tried to obstruct officers, but fell and hit his head.

Officers on duty attempted to assist the injured person on the scene but decided to take the resident to hospital instead, as a crowd had gathered and the situation was becoming hostile.

The injured person was taken to Heideveld Day Hospital where he received treatment, but subsequently passed away soon after as a result of his injuries­.

The City adds that they are investigating this matter internally and are cooperating fully with the police to get to the bottom of the incident.