The government of KwaZulu-Natal led by Premier Sihle Zikalala, is working with the family of the SA Man killed by police in Hawaii, to repatriate his body to South Africa.

Lindani Myeni, 29, a South African rugby player, who was living with his family in Hawaii was shot and killed during a confrontation with police there after he was spotted near a house at night and accused of attempting to steal a vehicle. According to body cam footage released by the Hawaii police, an officer initially attempted to tase him but he allegedly then lunged at another officer who fired a shot that killed him last week.

Zikalala’s spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, said plans to repatriate the remains of the SA man killed in Hawaii, back to South Africa were gaining momentum, following interactions between the KZN Office of the Premier, the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation and the Consul-General in the US.

He said a delegation from the Premier’s Office led by provincial Director-General Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize, had visited Myeni’s family home in Empangeni on Wednesday.  Part of the aim of the visit was to establish the family’s domestic circumstances and details regarding funeral arrangements.

Zikalala said: “As the government of KwaZulu-Natal we remain hopeful that justice will prevail and that the killers of Myeni will be brought to book soon and bring to justice all those linked to his untimely demise” said Zikalala. 

“We have directed the Director-General of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize to work with the family of Lindani Myeni to provide the necessary assistance and support to the Myeni family at this time. We will continue to work closely with the family to finalise arrangements for Lindani’s mortal remains to be brought back in safety and dignity to KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

“We are in regular contact with DIRCO and the Office of the Consul-General to consolidate efforts towards the repatriation of Myeni’s mortal remains back to his country.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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