Woman accuses police of shooting her in eye

Siyasanga Gijana was allegedly shot in the eye by police.

A resident of Ramaphosa informal settlement in Philippi says she has gone blind in her right eye after police shot her as she returned home from the communal tap.

Siyasanga Gijana, 28, had gone to fetch water on Thursday April 23 and was talking to two friends when they saw an unmarked police vehicle approaching.

She says the police officers fired shots at them from inside the van and did not stop.

Her two friends ran away and she felt something hitting her in the eye.

She has since filed a case of assault with the Nyanga police.

Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi confirmed that a case was registered with them on Tuesday April 28 and said it will be investigated.

Speaking with a bandaged eye, Ms Gijana said she wants those who shot her to face the full might of the law.

She called on the police to behave in a more responsible manner.

“All I want is justice. The law should take its course and those who shot me must pay the price,” she said.

Acting national spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Sontaga Seisa, confirmed that a case has been opened with them and they are investigating the matter.

“At this point in time we haven’t made any arrest as our investigation is ongoing,” he said.