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Mother of Francois Lottering, man who was killed in crash involving police,asks for assistance to bury him

A mother's desperate plea to bury son Francois Lottering killed in crash involving police

A Mfuleni mother has issued a desperate appeal for assistance in burying her son Francois Lottering who was killed in an accident involving police when they were chasing suspected robbers.

The 26 year old Francois Lottering was cleaning the yard when the police vehicle in a high-speed chase knocked him down in Mfuleni, Extension 4 earlier this month.

Lottering was declared dead on the scene and police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has launched an investigation into his death.

Spokesperson Sontaga Siesa said they investigating the death of the deceased who is alleged to have been killed by the police vehicle and nobody had been arrested in the investigation.

According to Lottering’s unemployed mother Caroline Lottering, Francois was the breadwinner in his home.

She said after the incident, she went to the police station to ask for assistance to bury Lottering, but was told to pay the funeral costs and keep the receipts to submit a claim to the SAPS after the funeral.

The grieving mother said she had lost the person who was working for her and looking after her. Francois  was the only employed child out of Caroline Lottering’s children.

Caroline said she was now struggling to bury her son and was pleading to everyone including the government officials to assist in burying my son as she could not afford to do it nor could she afford to incur any debts.

Lottering’s brother, Brandon Morris said the police had not provided the family with counselling and all they had done was take a statement after the incident and leave immediately.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said the incident was being investigated and the police can confirm that the circumstances surrounding a culpable homicide accident are under investigation after a police officer was involved in a collision in Mfuleni.

Van Wyk reported that one civilian male person died and five police officers were injured. The collision occurred when police vehicle was responding to a robbery.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Caroline on: 0813081396 or Morris on 0685802081.

More: Cape Times

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