A trainee member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) was fatally wounded during an exercise in Limpopo on Sunday, 20 November.
POLICE TRAINEE KILLED
An instructor at a tactical training camp was demonstrating how to handle a firearm when the gun allegedly went off. The trainee was struck by a bullet and died at the scene.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the matter and SAPS have launched an internal probe.
National police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe told The South African that General Fannie Masemola, the national police commissioner, sanctioned the internal investigation into the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting.
“This investigation is running parallel with the IPID investigation. The National Commissioner has conveyed his condolences to the family and The Employee Health Wellness (EHW) Unit is providing spiritual and counselling services to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” said Mathe.
The police service also sent chaplains and psychologists to the training academy in Limpopo to support those affected by the incident.
The South African reached out to IPID for comment, which will be added once received.
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