Pensioner dies after Zuma lecture chaos

2012-07-12 09:36

An inquest docket has yet to be opened after a pensioner died, reportedly from inhaling pepper spray in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

Alpheus Moseri (68) of Matatadibeng village near Denilton, died on Tuesday afternoon on his way back from the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture presented by President Jacob Zuma in Thohoyandou.

“An inquest docket has not been opened yet as there are no suspicions of wrongdoing up to so far. We will open a docket if information that requires further investigation surfaces,” police spokesperson Constable Lethunya Mmuroa said.

Moseri was part of an audiance that gathered to listen to Zuma’s lecture. Police used pepper spray when a section of the crowd became unruly.

He was travelling back home in a bus later that day when he began coughing.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to Tsimanyana hospital, where he died just before 5pm.

“We also await post mortem results that will tell us whether an investigation is necessary or not,” Mmuroa said.

Moseri was a ANC branch executive member in ward six, Ditholong.

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