Lindani Myeni’s death is one hot topic, with different theories about what could have happened or led to his killing making rounds. South African Ambassador to the USA, Nomaindia Mfeketo has spoken out on the 29-year-old’s death.
Myeni, who moved to the USA in January 2021, was allegedly shot by police. He was identified as a suspect during a burglary, where he was then rushed to hospital and later succumbed to the gunshot wounds.
CONCERNS OVER CLIMATE OF RACE RELATIONS IN THE US
South African Ambassador to the USA, Nomaindia Mfeketo said that Myeni’s life was cut short and she is deeply concerned about the shooting, especially given the climate of the race relations in the United States.
“As an embassy in South Africa in the United States of America learnt with great shock about these news; the death of such a young South African father and beloved son from KwaZulu-Natal.
“We are closely monitoring the investigation and the Consulate in LA is liaising with the family and local authority. At this stage we are allowing the police to do their job, for the investigation to run its course. The State department here in Washington DC is also handling the matter,” Mfeketo said.
Mfeketo also vowed to keep Myeni’s family abreast with every single development in the case and offer any kind of assistance they might need.
‘NO JUSTIFICATION FOR BRUTAL KILLING OF LINDANI MYENI’
The Honolulu Police Department has released body-worn camera footage of the incident.
Myeni’s family attorney, Luke Korkowski told KHON2 (A TV Station) during an interview that there is no justification for the former rugby player’s killing.
“What we see on the footage is the narrative that the police are trying to control and what they want us to see. How is an untrained person supposed to tell the difference between a police and a thug in a situation where a police officer doesn’t announce himself and shines a light to your face without a backlight and yells get on the ground! What are you supposed to do? Comply with every thug who says that?” Korkowski asked.
The family lawyer also reiterated that Myeni was not on any medication, had no mental illness or stress that could have caused him to have erratic behaviour towards the police officers or anyone else for that matter.
“Lindani Myeni was a very good man; he was not trying to burglarise anyone. As his wife said, they had no need for anything that people have in their homes; they had money, friends and family. They were not short of anything. Clearly it was a misunderstanding.”