Wrong ammo used at protest: Mthethwa

2014-01-24 21:03
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Pretoria - Police fired discontinued shotgun rounds during a service delivery protest in Mothutlung, North West, in which four protesters were killed last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.

The SSG 12-gauge rounds, which contain pellets, were officially discontinued by the SA Police Service in 2006, and were "not supposed to be used", he told reporters in Pretoria.

Three people died in Mothutlung during the protests over water services -- two allegedly shot by police, while another died after falling out of a police vehicle. A fourth, shot in the head, died in hospital a week later.

Responding to questions, Mthethwa said no live ammunition had been used by police at the protest.

Delivery protests

He announced that 14 police officers -- six constables, six warrant officers and two lieutenants -- were facing disciplinary action.

"Six are already suspended and others are being served with their suspension notices."

The disciplinary process could take up to 60 days. All of them were "well-experienced and practised" members of the public order policing unit, Mthethwa said.

According to police, a total of 185 shots were fired at protesters in Mothutlung last week during the water delivery protests.

These included rubber shot and the discontinued SSG rounds, as well as two stun grenades and a number of smoke grenades.


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