Teen killed in North West protest

2014-04-10 08:45

A teenage boy was shot dead in a protest in Christiana near Bloemhof, the North West government has said.

He was allegedly part of a mob looting shops while protests were under way in the town. When the group arrived at a tavern, its owner fired shots at them, killing the boy and injuring two other people.

“We are saddened that the life of a person so young was cut short under such unfortunate circumstances and wish to convey our condolences to the family that lost their loved one,” Premier Thandi Modise said today.

She appealed for calm after the shooting.

“Everything has to be done to normalise the situation, prevent destruction of public and private properties and loss of lives.”

A community hall was also gutted in Christiana.

Last week, protests started in Boitumelong township in neighbouring Bloemhof.

On Monday, residents blocked the N12 and set alight a municipal office, community hall, five houses belonging to the mayor, two councillors, two officials and several businesses.

By Tuesday, the protest had spilled over to Coverdale in Christiana where a community hall was torched.

Modise was expected to lead a provincial executive council intervention task team to talk to protesters in Boitumelong at 3pm today.

She was also expected to meet residents of Bodibe in Itsoseng near Lichtenburg on Friday.

In Bloemhof on Wednesday, residents blocked roads, burnt tyres and looted shops belonging to foreign nationals.

Schooling was disrupted and residents could not go to work because all the roads in the area were blocked.

“We don’t know what the protest was about because we have not received a memorandum,” said North West provincial government spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele.

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