Police kill another protester

2014-01-28 00:00

THE SAPS is a murder machine, the DA’s premier candidate in Limpopo, Langa Bodlani, said in reaction to yet another protester shot by the police.

Tshepo Baloyi (15) died after officers opened fire on a crowd that had set on fire the homes of two men arrested for questioning in connection with a muthi murder in Bolobedu near Tzaneen.

Tshepo’s death on Saturday followed the deaths of five other protesters in the space of little over a week.

Four people died at Mothutlung in the North West during protests over water.

At Roodepoort in Gauteng, a protester was shot dead on Thursday.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the police had to be quickly deployed on Saturday, when homes were being set alight in the Relela settlement.

The homes belonged to two suspects in a muthi murder who had been released for lack of evidence. Their release had, however, angered the community.

There were rumours that a satellite police station would also be burned down.

Bodlani said it was unacceptable for the police to use live ammunition to shoot at people. “The police must answer for Tshepo Baloyi’s death.”

The drama in Relela had started on Friday afternoon when residents found the mutilated body of a 20-year-old woman.

Khomotso Ragolane’s arms had been tied behind her back and her hands had been hacked off. She was fully dressed, but her stomach had been cut open. Police found a cellphone and keys inside her stomach.

Mulaudzi said an investigation had started to determine the circumstances in which Baloyi was shot. Ballistic tests are being done on the firearms of the officers who were at the scene. Yesterday the Relela settlement was calm.

No one has been arrested.

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