JP Smith denies claims of cover-up over footage of SAPS officer shot by City cop
Police constable Thandimfundo Sigcu was allegedly shot dead by a local law enforcement officer in the Cape Town CBD two weeks ago.
Sigcu was wearing plainclothes and was shot while apprehending a suspect on the Foreshore at around 9pm on Tuesday, 7 January.
The City's JP Smith has slammed claims that officials have not cooperated with Hawks investigators probing the case.
City did not deny access to footage. I spoke to the Hawks myself.JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the City had failed to hand over CCTV footage of the incident while speaking at the memorial service for the slain police officer.
However, Smith says Cele has been "factually inaccurate".
According to Smith, city officials have handed over the footage, including an hour before and after the incident
However, he says city cameras did not get a clear picture of what transpired.
There is no attempt at concealing anything.JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
A camera looks in one direction at a time... it's entirely possible that a camera can miss an incident.JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
In that case, the camera also obstructed by a whole range of trees by that sidewalk along the edge of Adderley Street.JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
Smith has condemned what he calls a 'trial by media' and 'political prejudging' without all the facts of the case.
He says a fair investigation must be conducted without any political interference.
As more facts unfold, we will have to determine who did what.JP Smith, Mayoral committee member - Safety and security at City of Cape Town
Meanwhile, policing expert Eldred de Klerk says law enforcement agencies need to learn from this incident to avoid more police on police shooting.
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