Hawaii police have allegedly refused to release information about the Lindani Myeni investigation two weeks after the shooting.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, on behalf of the Provincial Executive Council, has raised concern about the Honolulu Police Department’s alleged lack of co-operation in releasing information about the investigation into the death of Lindani Myeni, 29.
This follows a number of attempts to get assistance from the police regarding reports and critical information which to date have yielded no results.
Consul-General, Babalwa Sunduza and the Lindani Myeni family said that the police had also allegedly not cooperated with a request to return Myeni’s missing items, including his phone, ring and headphones..
Lindani Myeni was shot and killed during an altercation with three US police officers outside his residence in Nuuanu in Hawaii (US).
Zikalala said that the apparent lack of value for human life by these law enforcement authorities was worrying.
“Judging by their attitude we can only conclude that they lack respect for black lives. We call on the people of this province, the country, Africa and the World not to keep quiet about this injustice. Being Black is not a scourge.”-Zikalala
“It is not a crime. But when you consider the conduct of the police in Honolulu, you begin to realise that they’re not taking this incident seriously. They are behaving as if nothing happened. It’s as if this life didn’t matter at all. A person was killed here, not a fly. This was someone’s son, husband, father and friend who died under very questionable circumstances. The least we expect from them is some transparency and accountability,” he said.
“As a country with a painful history of race-based violence, an incident such as this one touches a raw nerve in us because our wounds are still very fresh. This injustice cannot, and should not, be left unchallenged. As the province of KwaZulu-Natal, we are calling on South Africans to rise up and make a strong statement against this abomination.
“We are also calling for intervention from the highest office in the US. We know that US President Joe Biden has an illustrious history as a crusader for human rights and justice. We are confident that if he could intervene in this case and start asking questions, we would start to see some progress”– Zikalala
Zikalala said that the provincial cabinet had taken a decision to support the repatriation and funeral arrangements for Mr Lindani Mnyeni. The Executive Council also resolved to deploy Members of the Executive Council to support the family and facilitate the arrival of Myeni’s body from Johannesburg after which they will be transported to his home at Esikhaleni.
Myeni’s body is expected to arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday 1 May at 10:40am and it will handed over to family at 12:40pm. A small prayer service will be held at the before departure to KZN.
Details regarding Lindani Myeni’s funeral and memorial service will be released in due course.