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Another Mothutlung protester dies

2014-01-15 12:18

Mahikeng - Another resident of Mothutlung, near Brits, has died after he allegedly tried to escape from a moving nyala armoured vehicle, North West police said on Wednesday.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages.

"The men were put in the nyala that was headed to the police station; one man managed to escape and the other one tried to escape, but fell from a moving nyala," said Mokgwabone.

He said the situation in the area remained calm and police were patrolling.

The Star reported on Wednesday that local residents claimed police had assaulted the man and thrown him from the moving nyala. Mokgwabone maintained the man was injured while trying to escape.

Violent protest

On Monday, two people were killed allegedly by the police, during the protest.

Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema promised on Tuesday to support Mothutlung residents.

"Their innocent request [for water] was met with brutal murder. This is what this current government has become known for."

He said the African National Congress-led government was no different from the apartheid regime.

Malema said it was the community's right to have water and he blamed the situation on poor administration.

"While the water was still under Magalies, there were no such problems," he said.

Residents also complained about their ward councillor.

They claimed they were confronted at gunpoint on Sunday when they went to ask him for help. Malema urged them not to be afraid of the councillor and to fight for what they believed in.

"We will make sure the person who was pointed [at] with a gun opens a case so that he [the councillor] can be locked up."

He reminded the people that they had the power to change their situation.

"Only you have the power to change this nonsense. You can't live like this."

North West Premier Thandi Modise expressed her condolences to the families of those who died.

SAPA - with additional reporting by News24

Comments
  • Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-15 12:24

    Since when are arrested people transported in Nyalas?

      ChrisG29 - 2014-01-15 12:29

      Ask the A(partheid)NC

      Zoolie - 2014-01-15 12:34

      I say the Mayor and Premiere of Brits should be charged and trailed for manslaughter!!!!

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-15 12:39

      Forgive me if I sound to insensitive, but at this rate the anc wont have any supporters left.

  • Isaac Digomo - 2014-01-15 12:26

    Indeed our government is gradually becoming worst than National Party's. People go for so long without water and when they protest they kill them. That is atrocious. It is despicable, it digusts. To affected communities help us remove anc out and vote for the ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS. Less promises. More action.

      Spikkels NK - 2014-01-15 12:32

      How will the EFF provide for these people? Confiscating everything and giving it to the poor sounds great, but you just need to look at Zimbabwe to see the result.

      Thinker Black - 2014-01-15 12:50

      This now sounds like a political scam, somebody is trying to paint the ANC with wrong brush. These opposition lousy parties will gon to an extent of killing innocent people just to degrade the leading party.mxcm

      Derek Bredenkamp - 2014-01-15 12:56

      Spikkels, there's enough wealth in this country for everyone to live in decent conditions. It's not about confiscating, it's about sharing. EFF is the only viable alternative to create real equality in this country.

      Graeme de Villiers - 2014-01-15 13:01

      Wait, wait... so "Thinker Black", you are suggesting that an OPPOSITION party threw this man out of the Nyala, and also arranged for the shooting of the other protestors, with POLICE pistols, all for the sake of giving the ANC a bad name? Were you perhaps dropped on your head as a child, or are you STILL a child? The ANC is doing a perfect job of ruining their own name all by themselves.

      Eugene Fourie - 2014-01-15 13:08

      @ Derek..what wealth are you referring too that can just be handed out to everyone?

      Niel Liebenberg - 2014-01-15 13:32

      I supported your statement until I read the words "and vote for the ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS. Less promises. More action." You need to remember that the EFF's approach is based on 3 principles. 1) Anti white policies. 2) Hatered towards the ANC. 3) Socialism. SA's net result should the EFF come into power would be following in the footsteps of Zim. Do you really want to starve of hunger whilst your "leader" lives a lavish life?

  • Leboi Chidi - 2014-01-15 12:28

    thats wat they know'to kill'people are getting suffered while the premiew drives a million car and she have water insite her house.....she cant even wash she have nannys to do house jobs while residents suffrering!Radical change........

      Thandoz Madikizela - 2014-01-15 13:18

      Radical change indeed, I see the anc is now singing the radical change in economy in their manifesto. copying and pasting while our people are dying for their rights.

  • stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-01-15 12:30

    And the ANC have issues with Sharpeville?? You are becoming MUCH worse!!

      stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-01-15 12:53

      My apologies for the typos. The e-toll roads are working for a change and I have to throw the cameras the bird every now and again!!

      stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-01-15 13:07

      I actually made another comment but ANC-PC NEWS 24 have deleted it TWICE.

  • Nicolas Korff - 2014-01-15 12:35

    "He reminded the people that they had the power to change their situation" By voting for EFF will this improve their situation ? I don't think so. Julius is a product of the new ANC - I say new because they are not a party for the people anymore. We need leaders not freedom fighters anymore ? Where is our youth ? Where is our rainbow nation ? We can stand together hand in hand with Rugby , Cricket, and other sport but when it comes to politics we let idiots fool us and divide us ? "Only you have the power to change this nonsense. You can't live like this." I fully agree with this statement - but use it wisely.

      Conscious Native - 2014-01-15 12:58

      That sounds perfect Nicholas. In fact, I'm all for that too. Unfortunately, South Africa is segmented into groups. They're not segmented according to a particular school of thought, doctrine or belief, but by race and class. This current dynamic is what prevents this nation from becoming a "rainbow nation" . At the end of the day, people don't fall for Malema's rhetoric because they are gullible or foolish. They just limited options. We all just choose fall back to what seems a little familiar to us.

  • Zuki Hlubi RalaRala - 2014-01-15 12:42

    They were thrown out but how come one manage to escape ? And how can police throw one and leave a dozen of witnesses , why do we continue lying in this country and expect people to take us seriouse? Are we not repeating the same mistake about marikana where we pretended to be victims while we had intentions to kill ,if not why did we not condem the violence so that our people can learn that violence is crime , its not nice to sidestep the truth while you know I still maintain our leaders are hypocrats including church leaders

      Monare Monareng - 2014-01-15 12:58

      It doen't matter if they throw him or what,the fact is why competent police put a person on nyala insted of police van?

      Eugene Fourie - 2014-01-15 13:13

      In riot areas, driving around in a police van is not very sensible..

  • Kabelo George - 2014-01-15 12:43

    Congratulation ANC, people a dieying as a result of u. Stop blaming the police the were called by the ANC to protect the interest of the ANC.

  • Kuhle Sikota - 2014-01-15 12:48

    Interesting, count the bodies

  • Monare Monareng - 2014-01-15 12:52

    Where is Riah Phiyega?or she is busy preparing bonuses of police who push residents out of moving Nyala.Riah and her boss Mthethwa must go enough is enough.

      Zuki Hlubi RalaRala - 2014-01-15 14:05

      Let's teach people not to be violent because it will not make them any heroes

  • Gemima Cricket - 2014-01-15 12:54

    Forced removals??????

  • Hlayiseka Austin Ringani - 2014-01-15 12:55

    So this is what Democracy is all about in SA,killing innocent people protesting for water?.The police can just killing people as they like..Cry the beloved country...

  • Zosh Ntanjana - 2014-01-15 12:58

    This do not mean nothing to zANC and his chronies their famillies are safe somewhere in the pool or bunker the poor will continue to die even poorer

  • Owen Dell - 2014-01-15 12:59

    Vote CancER see how they look after the people !

  • TO Ngomani - 2014-01-15 13:13

    No one forced him to jump

  • Phele Mokone Pelezinoh - 2014-01-15 13:13

    Still this people will vote ZANC or boycott voting instead of voting 4 alternative party that cares 4 their lives

  • Lebogang Motshwene - 2014-01-15 13:17

    I wonder wht da mayor of madibeng say abt this issue its high tym she steps down m sure da wil b gr8 change, evrything around madibeng is nt up 2 standard n ppl complain bt they r nt raising their voice bt nw its clear they r scared of being killed!

  • John Stoltz - 2014-01-15 13:21

    More lies, then deny and then Nathi or Ria will come up with a wishy-washy excuse and twist the truth out of all proportion A La ANC style !!!

  • Nathi Ntshobodwana - 2014-01-15 13:24

    These police are full of lies. How can a person escape from that vehicle. I'm sure this is the first incident of this kind. Why didn't they lock that damn thing leaves a lot to be desired.....

  • Andre Van Deventer - 2014-01-15 13:26

    Stop protesting violently, it's simple!

      zybt99 - 2014-01-15 13:52

      Try living without water and then talk.

  • Hasani Khosa - 2014-01-15 13:30

    Protesting for basic need,all over South Africa. Why is this ANC not discussing about this on going public service protests. Someone is not doing hiz/her job. #rubbish#

  • Sonnyboy Simelane - 2014-01-15 13:43

    one step more and you die,who can leave without water ?

  • Isaac Thokwana - 2014-01-15 13:48

    Start another commission Mr Boo Shower this is what you are best of .

  • Graziella Uncensored - 2014-01-15 13:58

    Is this the police "apartheid mentality" that the ANCYL was speaking about, prisoners falling off moving vehicles or jumping from windows of 5th floor police interrogation rooms.

  • Matsi Ka Makoro - 2014-01-15 13:59

    There comes a time when a man is confronted with two choices, to lie down and play dead OR To fight with all might, I urge you my brothers and sisters to fight for you basic rights,don't be ignored

  • September Mphikeleli - 2014-01-15 14:00

    ANC black power black Democrazy people are being killed for water

  • Thuli Dube - 2014-01-15 14:02

    what is this Nyala guys iam lost please explain

  • Masilo Frans - 2014-01-15 14:13

    sometimes..we cnt blame police for everything..we blacks we slowly surely turning into animals..we being too violant wen try to show our rights...we must learn from the late andries tetane....lets stop being too violant wen we protest

  • Bokaba Collen - 2014-01-15 14:25

    EFF go safe the poors out there,only u care Malema!!!

  • Velile Gladman Dayimani - 2014-01-15 14:51

    During the apartheid, we used to call the police the dogs of Botha/De Klerk. Hardly 17yrs after attaining freedom the poor r now killed by the dogs of Zuma and Mthethwa (ANC). So sad, now i believe that indeed history repeat itself.

  • Mojalefa Malepe - 2014-01-15 14:52

    They obviously assaulted the man and thrown him out of a moving nyala (hippo). This police are cowards, they have not been trained on how to deal with large crowd. They become scared and shoot at the crowd, i doubt they have been properly trained. Where do they get this latest bunch of cowards they call police? Voetsek mann!

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