Pensioner dies after Zuma lecture scuffle

2012-07-12 13:44
President Jacob Zuma accepts a gift from the Holy Worship Church. (Beeld)

President Jacob Zuma accepts a gift from the Holy Worship Church. (Beeld)

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2012-07-11 08:43

Protests and violence marred the much anticipated lecture in Limpopo as several ANC supporters were overcome by teargas. Zuma was delivering a memorial lecture on the legacy of Nelson Mandela. WATCH

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Johannesburg - An inquest docket has yet to be opened after a pensioner died, reportedly from inhaling pepper spray in Thohoyandou, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

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 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 audience that gathered to listen to Zuma's lecture. Police used pepper spray when a section of the crowd became unruly.

Moseri 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 17:00.

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

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

- SAPA

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