Man shot dead during protest

2011-05-31 12:28

Johannesburg - An investigation is under way into the circumstances leading to the death of a 21-year-old man during a protest in Tlokweng, North West police said on Tuesday.

"The information we have is that the police were informed of a body that was found there. It is not confirmed that the man was shot by police," said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

"The situation there was very volatile so it is difficult to tell who shot... whether it was during the confrontation with police, we don't know until it is rightfully confirmed."

Ngubane said the Independent Complaints Directorate had been called in and would investigate.

A case of murder was being probed.


The North West department of public safety said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old man was shot in a "skirmish" with police during a protest in Tlokweng on Monday.

"He was part of a group that attacked police. A police vehicle was burned, shots were fired," said spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele.

The man was shot during a protest in which residents of Tlokweng near Swartruggens blocked a road passing through the village with stones and burning objects.

Residents went on the rampage on Sunday after the funeral of Thabiso Moloi, whose decomposing body was found in the bush. They suspected that Moloi was killed for muti. Buses transporting people to work were stopped and schoolchildren were not allowed to go to school.

A car and house - belonging to the owner of the tavern at which Moloi was last seen - were torched and the tavern owner was intimidated.

Kgwele said the situation was "tense but calm" on Tuesday after a lengthy meeting between the community and public safety MEC Desbo Mohono on Monday night.


"MEC Mohono and senior police engaged community leaders and structures in a bid to mediate for restraint for villagers to give the investigations into the alleged ritual murder of Thabiso Moloi a chance," he said.

Mohono and North West Premier Thandi Modise were visiting the area and would address residents on Tuesday.

Last month, SABC television news showed footage of a group of policemen beating and shooting protester Andries Tatane at a protest in Ficksburg, in the Free State.

Eight policemen are on trial for allegedly assaulting and murdering Tatane.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-31 12:38

    Isolated incident.

  • Wow! - 2011-05-31 12:41

    Frankly the Police have to deal harshly with protestors that ransack and destroy property. This country will never move ahead if at every contentious junction, property is destroyed. It time for protestors to learn that as much as they have rights, so do others.

      Sakhile - 2011-05-31 13:19

      Wow - you seem confused, what exacly is your point?

      Johnny - 2011-05-31 13:33

      pretty clear Sakhile, the rest of SA are pretty damn tired of fitting the bill when riots break out, there is clearly a difference between a peaceful protest and being a hoodlum. if you want to act outside the law then you should get whats coming your way be it a prison term or a rubber/lead bullet. as harsh as my comment may sound, it still remains your choice how you act in public

      My Comment - 2011-05-31 13:34

      Sakhile. I think his point is that people must also respect other people's property. People do not respect the police any longer. If the police simply watch on the sidelines they are accused of not doing anything, if they act against protesters that are out of control they are accused of police brutality. Where do we draw the line?

      Chief Belebe - 2011-05-31 13:58

      Wow is right, if communities thinks and believe the power is in their hands then yes,i wont mind at all to see the Police doing their job. South Africa must wake up, the World is changing and that too to SA. When will this looting when on strike gonna end? Its about civic education and not history that when one dies through protesting them another should think thats cool to be the next stupidity, nope. We only lives once and we as civilised peolpe must start by protecting ourselves and our families before somebody does. Imagine kids didnt go to school and the public and kids has to suck this up at the pretext of another idiot, that's not true. We have to raise our arguments in a civilised way and not to be famous for nothing. Well done the Police for just doing your job and that's Protecting & Serving South Africa.

      The Observer - 2011-05-31 14:13

      Sakhile-learn to read. I understand.

      Thangy - 2011-05-31 14:20

      If he was out working or looking for a job he would still be alive today

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-31 12:49

    If these people realized the power of their vote they would not have to protest about service delivery - or the lack thereof.

      paulf - 2011-05-31 12:55

      It has nothing to do with service delivery. Read the article again.

      Sizwe Mogale - 2011-05-31 13:07

      yea boet, read... It was a protest about the killing of someone...

      NATO OFFICE - 2011-05-31 13:13

      true its service delivery...the tavern owner is making a loss because people cant afford beer and pap & mogodu due to unemployment, hence the owner has resorted to using muti to make money leading to the murder. And that murder led to the shooting and once again 2 people are dead because of poor service delivery.

  • Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-31 12:51

    Well this is easy, its like simple maths: 1 + 1 = 2 ; dont + protest = he would still be alive!!!!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-31 12:57

      And the second thing, they support muti, witchdoctors, etc so whats the actual problem here? So its cool if they use muti from a person they dont know, but its wrong if it comes from sum1 they do know? This is very confusing 4 me... And if u support witchdoctors/muti then u support the killing of this man aswell? Did that just make sense cause it sounds kinda right!

  • Pigmalion - 2011-05-31 12:51

    Did they burn him?

  • willieman - 2011-05-31 12:54

    What happend to the tactics of world cup,why police are still using rubber bulletsand live ammunition against protesters.

  • demonsofhate - 2011-05-31 13:00

    Here we go again...

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-31 13:04

    "difficult to tell who shot" - It would have better to say, the police did not shoot. But they clearly are not to bright at PR. They pretty much admitted that they fired on the protesters. Idjuts.

  • rordnas - 2011-05-31 13:07

    That was a peaceful protester. The gov security forces killed him. I hope ONU will take some action!

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-31 13:09

    The ramming through of the new Information Act bill, publishing of states newspaper and muzzling of free press coupled with the increasingly controversial abuse from top police units points more and more to the growth of a police state. How much longer before we witness another Sharpville incident under ANC rule?

  • - 2011-05-31 13:18

    And tomorrow he will be made out as just another innocent bystander.

  • coenie.koch - 2011-05-31 14:14

    When they protest against services, etc, they becomes violent, throw stones at cars, burn schools, attack innocent people, etc. There is a ongoing list.... Here they attacked the police again, but that quite acceptable! As long as it is protesters doing the killing, it is no problem, but as soon as the cops kills one of these idiots in their attempts to protect the innocent, it hits the headlines and everyone is looking for justice against this "violent" cops. There is times when the cops is in the wrong, but most of the times they can't be blamed in this situations for getting violent against this rioters whose actions became worse that those of wild animals, because these animals will have more brains than them.

  • Gerrit - 2011-05-31 14:56

    Just another day in sunny South Africa! What's new?

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