Verskeie berigte en weergawes van die polisie op die toneel. Lees die persverklaring van die familie. Dis hartseer dat iemand stop op ‘n ongelukstoneel om beseerdes te help en dan summier doodgeskiet word. Regtig skokkend om dit te lees wat gebeur het en hoe sommiges “stories” draai in verskillende berigte – en dat die persoon wat die sneller getrek het ook nog nie in hegtenis geneem is vir die moord nie. RIV – Condolences to the family.
PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE MASHER Family:
We the Masher family has learnt with great shock and dismay of the two online reports that appeared in the Lowvelder Online
In the said article, of which no comment was sourced from our bereaved family, two statements released by SAPS Provincial Spokesperson Col Mtsholi Bhembe to the Lowvelder
Online of the fatal shooting by a Police officer of our son Mervyn Masher, is FACTUALLY INCORRECT:
1.MERVYN MASHER WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE VEHICLES AND MOTORBIKE ACCIDENT.
2.A WOMAN WAS KILLED AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE AND NOT A MAN AS PER THE STATEMENT FROM SAPS SPOKESPERSON ISSUED TO THE LOWVELDER.
3.THE ARTICLE MENTIONS ONLY THE DECEASED MERVYN MASHER NAME AND NEITHER THAT OF THE POLICE OFFICER WHO KILLED HIM OR THE DECEASED ACCIDENT VICTIM.
The deceased Mervyn Masher, son of the late Valencia Secondary School Principal Victor Masher, was an ardent golfer, paramedic and family man.
We can categorically confirm and re-iterate that Mervyn WAS NOT involved in the vehicles and motorbike accident that took place as reported by SAPS Provincial Spokesperson Col Mtsholi Bhembe. Mervyn and his wife were travelling in the direction of Nelspruit on their way to buy food in the early hours of the said morning dressed in their pyjamas and came across the accident scene that involved two vehicles and a biker, an accident where we learnt a woman passenger was killed.
As a trained paramedic he requested surgical gloves from his fellow paramedics on the scene so as to assist the accident victims.
At the same scene, some other bikers, who were participating in a local bikers rally, as well as the SAPS Accident Response Unit team were present.
Following an argument between the deceased Mervyn and some of the bikers who were interfering with his attempt to assist the injured, the police who were also on the scene came over and intervened and ordered everyone including Mervyn, his wife, tow truck drivers and rowdy bikers to get down on the ground.
To the surprise of all including the late Mervyn’s wife, Seargent Moele of the SAPS Flying Squad (Accident Response Unit) who had his service pistol withdrawn already, shot Mervyn Masher at point blank range in the side of the head, EXECUTION STYLE, killing him instantly for no reason.
According to witnesses Mervyn, who just like the other persons at the incident scene went to the ground as instructed by the police and did not pose any risk nor threatened the policeman who executed him.
Mervyn at the time had his weapon holstered in his front right hand crotch side, covered by his pyjamas and underwear.
This brutal EXECUTION was done in full view of Mervyn’s wife, whilst she was also on the ground with the other victims including the towing company members.
Mervyn was brutally executed wearing the two paramedic surgical gloves as a dedicated and peace loving paramedic who answered a call of duty that ultimately took his life.
His wife’s calls for the Police to take Mervyn to the hospital fell on deaf ears.Post Mervyn’s brutal killing, his wife was further harassed by Seargent Moele who then apprehended her and placed her in the back of a police van, only to be released after approximately an hour, whilst her husband’s body still laid on the cold tar road,where he eventually died without assistance.
We are saddened to learn that our son Mervyn was EXECUTED by a notorious trigger happy police officer, whilst trying to assist road accident victims.
When we as a family learnt of this horrific incident, we rushed to the scene and found Mervyn lying dressed in his pyjamas in a pool of blood from a single bullet wound to the head, shot at close range execution style and his weapon still holstered.
At the scene, we were happy to see IPID present and taking photographs to confirm that Mervyn’s weapon was not drawn but holstered under his pyjamas, conf irming that there was no threat, as indicated incorrectly by SAPS Provincial Spokesperson Col Mtsholi Bhembe in his statement to the Lowvelder Online.
We are happy that IPID is investigating the matter.
We have also learnt that Seargent Moele of the SAPS Flying Squad (Accident Response Unit) has not been arrested and call on the Police and IPID, the NPA aswell as SAPS National Commissioner Gen Khehla Sithole and Provincial Commissioner Gen Zuma to arrest him immediately for this heinous crime of EXECUTION STYLE MURDER and also question his Police team members who were with him on the scene.
His team must be made fully aware that they are accomplices in this horrific crime, should they lie under oath.
All citizens of our beloved country should be equal before the law and no one is above the law. Such brutality at the hands of the very same people, the SAPS whom we put our trust in, should not be left unanswered.
Mervyn leaves behind his wife Milly, his 3 young boys Tashrique, Joshua, Callen, his mother Rosemary and 2 siblings Donovan and Bernard.
We the Masher family are a law-abiding family and demand quick justice from SAPS National Commissioner Gen Khehla Sithole, Minister Bheki Cele, Provincial Commissioner Gen Zuma, IPID and the NPA. ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE MASHER FAMILY Cell: 083 274 7427
Truth and Justice
According to a statement by the Masher family, Masher and his wife were on their way to buy food in the early hours of Sunday morning, when they came across the accident scene. Masher, still dressed in pyjamas, stopped and offered medical assistance because he was a trained paramedic.
The family alleged that an argument ensued between Masher and some of the bikers who were allegedly interfering with his “attempt to assist the injured”.
“The police, who were also on the scene, came over and intervened and ordered everyone – including Mervyn, his wife, tow truck drivers and rowdy bikers – to get down on the ground,” the statement reads.
The family accused a sergeant from the Flying Squad, who they named, of shooting Masher in the head at point blank range, killing him instantly.
The family also alleged that Masher had laid on the road for an hour and died without receiving any assistance.
“According to witnesses, Mervyn, who just like the other people at the scene, had gone to ground as instructed by the police and did not pose any risk nor threatened the policeman who executed him.
“Mervyn, at the time, had his weapon holstered in his front right-hand crotch side, covered by his pyjamas and underwear.
“This brutal execution was done in full view of Mervyn’s wife, while she was also on the ground with the other victims, including the tow-truck drivers.
“Mervyn was brutally executed wearing the two paramedic surgical gloves as a dedicated and peace-loving paramedic who answered a call of duty that ultimately took his life,” the family claimed.
9 June 2019 – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating after a police officer allegedly shot and killed a well known Nelspruit businessman who had become involved in an argument with a group of bikers. Merwyn Masher, a 38-year-old father of three, had apparently stopped at the scene of an accident on Madiba Drive in Nelspruit in the early hours of Sunday morning, where an unknown person from Pretoria had been killed in a hit-and-run accident, Colonel Benjamin Bhembe said on Monday. The whole saga started when a motorcyclist, who was attending the annual Sunriders MCC Bike Rally in Nelspruit, slammed into a car. A second car then crashed into the motorcycle. As the second car’s passenger was trying to get out of the vehicle, she was hit by another car, which sped off. The woman was killed instantly. A while later, Masher stopped at the scene, along with other bikers who had also attended the rally. Masher allegedly then got in an argument with them.
During the altercation, Masher allegedly pulled out a gas pistol, according to Bhembe. He allegedly held the gas pistol against one of the biker’s heads, threatening to kill him. Police apparently tried to negotiate for more than 30 minutes to get Masher to put the gun down and hand himself over. Bhembe said Masher did put the gun away briefly, before pulling it out again and waving it around. It was at this point that he was shot dead by an officer, Bhembe said. Masher was declared dead on the scene by paramedics. His wife, Milly, was in the car when the shooting happened. He also leaves behind three sons.
An early morning drive to buy food turned into a tragedy for Mbombela couple Mervyn and Milly Masher at around 03:30 on Sunday. After a series of events, Mervyn was shot and killed by police. According to the family, he was wearing his pyjamas. It started when the couple arrived at an accident scene near Tiger Wheel and Tyre on the R40. The accident took place about 100 metres north of the intersection, on the south-bound lanes.
According to police sources, two cars and a motorcycle were involved. The motorcycle allegedly drove into the car in front of it, and another car drove into the bike. A female passenger in the front car was then struck by another passing vehicle, as she was opening her door to alight from the vehicle.
She died on the scene, while the vehicle fled. Police have not released her name and had no description of the hit-and-run vehicle as of going to press. The other driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. When Mervyn, a paramedic, arrived on the scene, he attempted to provide assistance to the accident victim.
According to the statement from the family, one of the bikers tried to stop Mervyn from providing first aid, which resulted in an argument. Police then ordered everyone on the scene, including the Mashers, bikers and tow truck drivers, to the ground.
According to SAPS provincial spokesman, Col Mthsoli Bhembe, Mervyn drew a firearm. A police officer opened fire and shot him in the side of his head. Mervyn’s firearm was later discovered to be a toy gun, according to police.
The police’s version of events has, however, caused an uproar with the Masher family claiming that his firearm was not drawn and that he complied with the instructions. They allege that Mervyn posed no threat to the policeman and had his firearm holstered under his pyjamas.
“To the surprise of all, including the late Mervyn’s wife, the officer, who had his service pistol withdrawn already, shot Mervyn at point-blank range in the side of the head, execution style, killing him instantly for no reason,” the family’s statement reads.
The family is refuting the SAPS’ version of events, adding that the photographs taken at the scene by an IPID official will attest that Mervyn’s firearm had not been drawn or pointed at anyone.
They further allege that Milly was placed in the back of a police van while she pleaded with police to seek medical treatment for her husband, but to no avail. Police are alleged to have held her for an hour while he died.
The Masher family is demanding a thorough investigation into the shooting, and are calling on IPID, the NPA and SAPS national commissioner, Gen Khehla Sithole and provincial commissioner, Gen Bethuel Zuma for the immediate arrest of the police officer implicated in the shooting.
Investigations into the shooting are being headed by IPID, which did not respond to requests for information by Lowvelder.
The 43-year-old Mervyn is survived by his wife Milly, his three sons, Tashrique, Joshua, Callen, his mother, Rosemary and two brothers, Donovan and Bernard.
Provincial SAPS spokesman, Col Mtsholi Bhembe, on Sunday afternoon said that a man was hit by a passing vehicle which did not stop, on the R40 next to Tiger Wheel and Tyre at around 03:30 on Sunday.
“The victim was certified dead at the scene of crime.
“An argument ensued between some people at the scene.
“One man is alleged to have suddenly produced a firearm, threatening to shoot everyone who was around, in the presence of SAPS members who were attending to the crime scene.
“The man then reportedly got shot and was also certified dead at the scene by paramedics.
“IPID was called to the scene. It was also discovered that the deceased had been carrying a toygun, which he had allegedly been wielding.
The circumstances under which the man was shot are under investigation.
“Following an argument between the deceased Mervyn and some of the bikers who were interfering with his attempt to assist the injured, the police who were also on the scene came over and intervened and ordered everyone including Mervyn, his wife, tow truck drivers and rowdy bikers to get down on the ground,” the statement read.
His family says Masher’s weapon was concealed by his pyjamas while he was lying on the ground. They claim one of the officers then shot “Mervyn Masher in the side of the head, [execution style], killing him instantly for no reason”.
“According to witnesses Mervyn, who just like the other persons at the incident scene went to the ground as instructed by the police and did not pose any risk nor threatened the policeman who executed him.”