Investigation of death due to police action is underway in Welkom

As the Police oversight body mandated by the IPID Act 1 of 2011, Section 28(1) b. the Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) is investigating death as a result of police action. This is after an incident that allegedly occurred in Riebeeckstad, Welkom on the 29 July 2020 where police officers were following up on information about 5 males who allegedly intended to commit house robbery.

As alleged suspects were spotted and chased by the police officers, during the chase it is alleged that one of the suspects drew a fire arm and pointed towards the police. The police opened fire at the suspect and he was confirmed to have died at the scene by the paramedics. The other four suspects have been arrested.

The suspects were found with dangerous weapons which have been confiscated on the scene. Investigation into this incident continues.

Enquiries: Ndileka Cola
Director Communication and Marketing
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)
Tel: 012 319 0092
Cell: 073 376 8758