THE boys claim they were innocently standing in the street when cops chasing another group indiscriminately opened fire on them.
But cops’ version of events stated that the men in blue were returning fire after someone shot at them . . .
However, whoever fired first is of little comfort to 17-year-old Ernest Ndaba, who is fighting for his life in hospital after cops shot him in the stomach! Ernest, from J section, KwaMashu, is a grade 10 pupil at Zeph Dhlomo High School. The incident happened on Thursday night.
His mum, Nomusa Ndaba (38), said: “When I arrived at the scene, the cops were taking my son to the clinic. I asked his friend what happened but a cop said I could not speak to him,” said Nomusa.
She followed cops to the clinic, where her son was transferred to King Edward Hospital. Nomusa said a cop told her at the clinic that her son was found with dagga. On Friday, detectives arrived to write down Ernest’s statement but he couldn’t talk.
“That cop claimed that Ernest was carrying a toy gun,” said Nomusa.
“I don’t understand why my son is under police guard. Cops can’t even tell me what charges he’s facing,” said Nomusa.
Ernest’s friend – who asked not to be named – told Mzansi Online cops were chasing another group.
“We tried to run away when we heard gunshots, but Ernest was shot in the stomach. When Ernest’s mum arrived I wanted to tell her what happened but cops told me not to. They threatened that they would arrest me and say I was found with dagga,” he claimed.
KZN police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said: “A shot was fired and police retaliated. One male was shot and injured. A case of attempted murder was opened and referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.”