12-year-old boy shot in the head during Soweto protest

2013-11-05 12:40

A 12-year-old boy was shot and wounded during a protest in Jabulani, Soweto, Gauteng police have said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the boy was shot on Friday.

“It is alleged the boy was shot in the head. By yesterday, he was still in hospital. We do not know who shot him, [it is] between the Johannesburg metro police and the SA Police Service. We are investigating...”

He said residents protested on Friday, demanding that speed humps be erected on roads, as cars were driving at high speeds in the area.

Makhubela said a case of attempted murder was opened yesterday after the police traced the boy’s family.

He said there was a public disturbance during the protest and three people were arrested.

“The three were arrested for malicious damage and public violence. They appeared in the Protea Magistrates’ Court on Monday [yesterday].”

He said the case was postponed to next Monday, when they were expected to bring a formal bail application.

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