Brits deaths being investigated

By Drum Digital
20 January 2014

The killing of four people during a protest in Brits over access to water is being investigated in two probes.

The killing of four people during a protest in Brits over access to water is being investigated in two probes, North West police said on Monday.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said while the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) was conducting a criminal probe, North West police were also investigating.

Provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Zukiswa Mbombo had set up a team to conduct an internal departmental inquiry into compliance with policies on crowd management.

This probe would be concluded shortly.

"The SA Police Service regrets the loss of life and would like to express their condolences to the families of the deceased," Mokgwabone said.

On Sunday, City Press reported that a few of the officers who shot and killed striking mine workers at Marikana in August 2012 were part of the core team deployed to Mothutlung where three people died last week, allegedly at the hands of the police.

According to the newspaper, residents had reported one officer -- who was well known in Mothutlung as one of "the Marikana policemen" -- to Ipid.

Residents claimed that the officer shot and killed a 62-year-old freelance photographer "in cold blood".

Earlier on Monday, Mokgwabone said a fourth person had died on Sunday.

"We don't know what kind of injuries he sustained [during the clashes]."

Mokgwabone was unable to provide further information. - Sapa

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