Cop shot protester from two metres, says witness

2014-01-24 00:00

“THE policeman stood two metres from him when he shot Tshepo in the stomach.”

This was the claim made by an eyewitness who told how his friend Tshepo Babuseng (29) was shot and killed in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, yesterday.

“He had fired warning shots and with the third shot he killed Tshepo,” said the eyewitness, who wanted to remain anonymous.

Residents of Durban Deep yesterday protested after they were told to evacuate their homes. Protesters set tyres alight and stacked tree branches and rocks on Main Reef Road.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said a group of protesters had started to shake an unmarked vehicle with three warrant officers inside.

“One of the police officers fired warning shots and a man was killed. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.”

She said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was investigating the incident.

Mogale said the police are worried about the use of force. “It is a worry for us who are currently busy with talks to improve the situation.”

She said 25 people had been arrested on a charge of public violence.

Joyce Moamoqwa, Babuseng’s aunt, went to his room in an old hostel next to a mine dump after the incident.

“I got a call that Tshepo had been shot, and I came here immediately. I am in shock and it feels unreal.”

Babuseng’s parents live in the North West and he did not have a wife or children. Moamoqwa described Babuseng as a humble man. “He was always friendly and always smiled. He never looked for trouble with anyone,” she said, wiping away tears.

His cousin, Boikanyo Babuseng, said he wants to look the killer in the eye to see if he is sorry that he shot Babuseng, whose body he had to identify at the Roodepoort police station.

Another eyewitness said the protesters were not throwing stones and were not aggressive. “The policeman shot Tshepo and then he drove off. He did not even try to help.”

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