Police deny protestor shooting was political

By Drum Digital
06 November 2013

Pretoria metro police denied shooting at Mooiplaas protesters in Erasmia because of their political affiliations.

"Police did not react to certain political parties, but to protesters as a whole," said Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.

This was in response to a statement by Economic Freedom Fighters Gauteng spokesman Patrick Sindane that four of their members were arrested while others were shot and injured.

Residents of the Mooiplaas informal settlement, west of Pretoria, were marching to the Union Buildings. Rubber bullets were fired at them near the R55 in Erasmia. Mahamba said metro police did so because the march was illegal.

"The march was cancelled because no one from the presidency was available to receive the residents' memorandum," he said.

The march was then moved to Thursday, when the memorandum could be received by a presidency official.

He said the protesters were given adequate notice that the march had been postponed as the metro police had contacted them since last Friday.

"Despite several attempts to notify the group of the postponement, they still went ahead with their march," Mahamba said.

The number of people injured in the protest could not be confirmed.

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