Farm protests: Teen claims shot by cops

2012-12-04 22:24

Johannesburg - A 17-year-old boy has laid a charge of attempted murder after he was shot, allegedly with a rubber bullet fired by police in Robertson on Tuesday, Western Cape police said.

Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said the teenager laid the complaint at the Robertson police station following a farmworkers' protest in the area.

Traut said the matter was handed to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said he was not immediately aware of the case, but would respond later in the week.

Earlier on Tuesday Cosatu said that farmworkers had ended their strike.

The union federation's provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement: "An agreement put forward by Agri SA contains the basis of the accord that ends this strike."

He said Agri SA, which represented farmers, "essentially commits" itself to negotiations to be held farm-by-farm.

Talks would be about the wage demand of a R150 per day, and a profit-sharing scheme.

  • shiraazz - 2012-12-04 22:36

    If i ever attempt to murder, I would never use a rubber bullet.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-04 23:13

    omg only a rubber bullet exactley what kind of punishment do those hooligans need .soft drinks roses and hugs

  • henk63 - 2012-12-04 23:15

    "Innocent" Teen should have been at school, studying for grade three which he failed 6 times. Young lad, stay away from violent protests in future. The grown-up's patience is wearing thin and one of these days you will get fired on with real bullets. And don't try to squeeze money out of tax payers for your own moronic actions. If I was the policeman who fired on you, you would be dead, idiot.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-04 23:37

      @henk63 ilike the way you say it this litle cow was suppose to be at school writing the exams,its so disapointing to findout that those young guys they dont want to grab the chances instead they are bussy involving themselves into those criminal and political activities and one day they will blame nobody but themselves.the problem with this lovely country is the level of education is down and education always develops intellect and intellect distinguish man from other dangerous creatures

  • whistling.gypsy.1 - 2012-12-04 23:34

    The cops should've used an RPG7.....

  • pdvermaak - 2012-12-05 03:53

    Cry me a river young man, or develop something between your ears!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-05 03:58

    As jy nie wil hoor nie moer jy voel... moes jy nie in skool gewees het en nie besig te wees met toytoy nie tiepiese ancyl mentality... hulle gaan die skool moet afbrand om hom oor 5jaar uit die skool te kry...

  • Danie Gerber - 2012-12-05 04:07

    What is a teen doing amid the strikers. Shouldn't he be in school. probably following in daddy's footsteps.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-05 04:35

      no danie my brother they are following oure footsteps we are trying by allmeans to send those young boys with the little cents that we earn but they chose to duck and dive.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-05 05:23

    Bwahahahahahaha... Im surprised they even investigating... I would have laughed at this kid saying boy if we wanted to kill you we would have live ammunition in our guns... Right now we shooting blacks, like all the toy guns you buy in a store... Hence why we have security companies to protect us Police. What a laugh!!! Give an idiot a bone and he will never let it go

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-05 14:40

      Did you mean "blanks"? Freudian slip, Frenchie?

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-12-05 05:39

    share holding 4 farmworkers, good then they can pay 4 diesel, insurance, fertilizer, pay rent, tax etc.

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-12-05 06:12

    Why is/was this boy not in school?!

  • thaluki.malema - 2012-12-05 06:17

    What is a 17yo boy doing at a work protest? He should be at school. He is just lying in any case.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-05 06:32

    Hulle moes hom sommer 'n paar houe met die rottang gegee het daar by die polisiestasie toe hy sy liegstorie kom vertel het. Sou hom geleer het om nie te lieg nie en die polisie te respekteer.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-05 06:45

    So, nothing has come from the demand to pay R150 per day immediately (before 4th December)...or. Good, Cosatu has failed to deliver with their violence tactics.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-05 07:25

    Ag, he burnt himself with a dagga stompie now he wants everyone to believe he was shot.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-12-05 07:53

    As jy nie wil hoor nie, moet jy voel.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-05 07:59

    What was the 'teen' doing in amongst the strikers? Surely he should have been at school!!!!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-05 08:08

    I wonder where this boy lives? Is he local or a refugee migrated in for the events?

  • craig.bennetts.9 - 2013-01-05 01:58

    He is lucky it was a rubber bullet-now shut up and get back to school!

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