Brits: Another Mothutlung resident dies after water protest

2014-01-15 11:47

Another resident of Mothutlung, near Brits, has died after he allegedly tried to escape from a moving Nyala armoured vehicle, North West police have said.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone today said that the man and his friend were arrested yesterday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages.

“The men were put in the Nyala that was headed to the police station; one man managed to escape and the other one tried to escape, but fell from a moving Nyala,” said Mokgwabone.

He said the situation in the area remained calm and police were patrolling.

On Monday, two people were killed allegedly by the police during the protest.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema promised yesterday to support Mothutlung residents.

“Their innocent request [for water] was met with brutal murder. This is what this current government has become known for.”

He said the ANC-led government was no different from the apartheid regime.

Malema said it was the community’s right to have water and he blamed the situation on poor administration.

Residents also complained about their ward councillor and said they were confronted at gunpoint on Sunday when they went to ask him for help. Malema urged them not to be afraid of the councillor and to fight for what they believed in.

“We will make sure the person who was pointed [at] with a gun opens a case so that he [the councillor] can be locked up.”

He reminded the people that they had the power to change their situation.

“Only you have the power to change this nonsense. You can’t live like this.”

North West Premier Thandi Modise expressed her condolences to the families of those who died.

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