Ipid probes murder case after protester shot dead

2016-01-15 16:05

Mgenya - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating a murder case against a police after a man was shot dead during a violent protest in Mpumalanga.

Ipid spokesperson, Robbie Raburabu, told a News24 correspondent on Friday that Jabulani Masipe, 21, was shot dead during a protest in Mgwenya (formerly Waterval Boven) on Wednesday.

Police had told them that an officer wanted to get out of his car when a group of locals tried to take his shotgun.

"We were told that he had to run for his life, but when these people were catching up with him, he decided to take out his firearm and shoot," said Raburabu.

The officer was not aiming at Masipe, but trying to fire a warning shot, police had told the Ipid.

No arrests yet

Raburabu urged residents to come forward and tell their side of the story. He said no arrests had been made. 

Provincial police spokesperson, Sergeant Gerald Sedibe, confirmed that a murder case was opened at the Mgwenya police station and the docket handed to the Ipid.

Meanwhile, seven people were expected to appear in the Mgwenya Periodical Court on charges of public violence, interfering with police, possession of stolen property. Four others had already appeared and been released on R500 bail each.

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