North West protester killings condemned

2014-01-14 14:43
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The killing of two protesters, allegedly by police, in Brits, North West, was condemned by the province's human settlements and public safety portfolio committee on Tuesday.

"We condemn the killing of protesters in the strongest possible terms. However, we are also mindful of the fact that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate [IPID] is investigating the matter," spokesperson Namhla Luhabe said in a statement.

"We join the Brits community in mourning this tragic loss of two lives. We also send our best wishes to the two people who were injured and hope that they recover as quickly as possible."

Residents of Mothutlung, in Brits, started protesting on Sunday afternoon about a water shortage.

The police were called to monitor them after they barricaded a road with burning tyres.

There was an altercation between protesters and the police, during which two protesters were shot dead on Monday.

Committee chair Mahlakeng Mahlakeng said it shared the pain, grief and despair of the families of those killed.

"You have lost your loved ones, your husbands, sons and brothers, and maybe the only breadwinner," he said.

The committee said it would urge IPID to speed up its investigation.

Read more on:    police  |  ipid  |  mahikeng  |  police brutality  |  protests  |  service delivery
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
16 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?

Motorcycle deaths are on track to decline for a second year in the US thanks to a so far - on bikes - little-used road safety accessory.

 

Stay safe

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?
Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You can be quite an extrovert today as you have the desire to mingle and connect with the crowd. Sometimes it is easier for you to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.