The family of a KwaZulu-Natal taxi driver, who was allegedly killed by police in Ulundi, is still reeling from the tragedy.

Lindani Dludla’s grandmother, S’bongile, says his death is painful as he was the breadwinner and now there is no one left to support the family.

The family claims that the police beat up and took the taxi driver away last month.

He was being investigated for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm

They say when he returned, he was bleeding severely. He died the next day in the hospital.

“They tightened his hand and beat him up. His girlfriend was told to go to another room and the girlfriend heard the noise as they were beating him up. He was taken to the local clinic but they referred him to the hospital as he was over-bleeding, and he couldn’t even talk to his mother.”

Gogo Dludla says the family wants answers.

“We want to know who killed Lindani and why he was brutally killed like this. Nobody will support his children and we are disappointed as a family as we don’t know what we are going to do.”

Dludla’s death sparked violent protests in the community of Embilane as residents barricaded roads and closed the town.

They were demanding justice for Dludla.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the matter. – Report by Slindile Zulu and picture credit: Zululand Observer