Premier 'saddened' by 4th protest death

2014-01-20 17:24

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise says she is "saddened" by the death of a fourth person following recent violent clashes over access to water near Brits.

North West police confirmed on Monday that a fourth person had died.

"It was a 36-year-old man. He died yesterday," said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone.

"We don't know what kind of injuries he sustained [during the clashes]."

Mokgwabone was unable to provide further information.


Jacaranda FM News quoted Damonsville community leader Paul Hendricks as saying: "He was shot in the head with live ammunition and taken to Ga-Rankuwa hospital where the bullet was removed".

According to SABC radio news, the man spent seven days in the intensive care unit of the hospital. His family confirmed the death.

Three others who were killed during the service delivery protest in Mothutlung were buried at the weekend.

Two of the protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police.

Another man died after falling out of a moving police vehicle in a bid to escape, according to police.


Modise called for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to expedite its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shootings.

"We will continue to give our support until the investigations are completed to ensure that the families find closure," she said.

“We are saddened by the [fourth] death and wish to convey our condolences to the family that lost their loved one."

'Increasing police brutality'

The Right2Know campaign said Mothutlung was "a symptom" of increasing police brutality and growing attacks on the right to protest.

"Too often media, civil society and government pay attention to the plight of the poor only once streets are barricaded and property destroyed," it said.

"What is ignored is [that] these are often the last act in long-simmering tensions that have no other avenue for ventilation."

The group said there was a need to address police violence.

"The Right2Know campaign supports calls made by various organisations to demilitarise the police, as we believe that this is driving greater police violence, including against protesters," it said.

"The increased use of paramilitary units to supplement protest policing is a case in point, as these units are mandated to use maximum force, rather than minimum force, as the public order police are."

  • Wilfred Phakathi Themba - 2014-01-20 17:39

    it's because we are being protected by cow boy police

      cj.keuler - 2014-01-20 17:44

      Who report to a cowboy government!

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-01-20 17:53

      I think you are right Wilfred - the present force has no idea of what Policing is really about .....

      Tony Muchamama - 2014-01-20 18:35

      "Modise called for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to expedite its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shootings"////////////>>>Sober Verdict Ms Minister! had the cash used to buy your latest next generation BMW used to find ways to boost water supplies in your own constituency; many people could have been pleased and no one was going to toyi-toyi and no one was going to die>>>THEREFORE YOU ARE PRIME SUSPECT///////AND since you supplied 3 boreholes for 3 deaths, are you going to add another one now?

  • Sharlene Meifels - 2014-01-20 17:41

    This is not the police using maximum force to stop protesters, this is just plain MURDER!

  • Patricia Dewet - 2014-01-20 17:42

    Nice now the can go for a drive in the new BMW, to say to the people how sorry she is. The car could have helped to pay for the water.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-01-21 09:21

      At least she's 'saddened'. Poor woman.

  • Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-20 17:48

    You don't care Modise liar... Otherwise you would have addressed the problem 2 YEARS ago when the first 2 pumps failed. You are very much part responsible for the deaths.

  • Sergio Lasagni - 2014-01-20 17:50

    She says, sipping champaign and eating caviar in the back seat of her new 1,3 million tax payer purchased beamer. *tsk* *tsk*

  • philip.buys.1 - 2014-01-20 17:54

    thandi is a moron

  • eddie.pelser.1 - 2014-01-20 18:03

    Maybe if you did you job in the first place this wouldn't have happened you idiot.

  • Frank Drebben - 2014-01-20 18:09

    More anti-depressants on the shopping list, these f'ers are shocked and saddened every day. Must be a hell of a life.

  • Andrew Wallis - 2014-01-20 18:17

    aah yes we so sad from our new expensive bmw blaming water problems on one rascist farmer while we waft past our poor brothers squatting in poverty and mine waste!pocketing healthy bribes from crooks and sipping on finest french champagne. How its all apartheid and the white mans fault!

  • HASANIM@ME.COM - 2014-01-20 18:33

    Madam premier, I am deeply saddened by police brutality especially in the North West.

  • HASANIM@ME.COM - 2014-01-20 18:36

    Despite over whelming evidence of the heavy handedness on the part of the police , they are still in uniform. No arrests in the Ribombo murder by the police which are supposed to protect them.

  • Dawid Jacobs - 2014-01-20 18:48

    She should be, dhe and the corrupt anc regime caused it.

  • Maru Sebata - 2014-01-20 18:55

    There is nothing wrong with militarisation of th police th problem is the political system with no genuine political servants! Self accummulation & womanising is the guiding political principle! This government mst mk clinical calculations ! Ppl cannot tolerate th rubbish anymore!!!!

  • Dee Bone - 2014-01-20 19:03

    Liar! Protesting for service delivery shouldn't be necessary. Sell the Beemer and give the money to the families of the victims

  • Maru Sebata - 2014-01-20 19:05

    M not NW resident but m crying with anger! Smtms th police mst good return 4 their actions! There is nothing wrong with structural configuration of SAPS! The problem is political system with no genuine political servants! Accumulation of self & womanising is the guiding political principle! Premier is sad ! Adverse Audit & performance reports r there! Wnt another investigations! Wht thse dogs r actually up to!

  • Richard Payne - 2014-01-20 19:23

    And so you should be saddened. You have done nothing to ensure these people get water.How long have you been in power and done nothing except fill yourself with KFC,Nandos and buy fancy cars. Why not spend a little on the people who need it. Being saddened is a bit late= No action as usual- look after yourself. Are you not a servant of the people. ( Public Servant)Get lost you lazy cow, get someone in that can do something for the people.

  • Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-20 19:48

    So the first three was okay, now it hits back home when the fourth one goes down? Mxm

  • Niel van der Walt - 2014-01-20 19:50

    Just dont get any tears on your 1.3mil dashboard.

  • Dennis John Crossman - 2014-01-20 19:54

    Maybe if you had bought a cheaper car you could have solved some of these problems. Ha Ha

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-01-20 20:21

    The premier and her department don't know what injuries he had! Every media outlet reported he had been shot in the head - not so hard to find out. All it takes is a phone call to the hospital.

  • Shuma Papa-Rifuwo Nkuna - 2014-01-20 20:56

    You should have thought about it before u bought that R1 million worth of BMW instead of taking that money and bought pipes to supply water to the community, this is how apartheid was, they oppressed and when ppl protested they killed them. Looks like anc was not fighting for freedom after all, but they were fighting to take the place of the oppressor and be the oppressor

  • Celeste Maxime Lackay - 2014-01-20 22:34

    Let's try this again and see how long before my coment is removed again "And meanwhile in her car, the minister responded "Eish! . . . YOH! Unthini? Ubhuphile?! Haibo!! . . 'sap i-glas-i-yam! . . . Yoh-yoh-yoh! Driva!! Shortleft buti! Shortleft! I BM 'yam ngu damage apha!!!" . . Wrong language I know! . . And shocking spelling, but the point is THEY DON'T CARE!! This is just the way things are in ZansAfrika! Viva cANCer! Viva

  • Robert Keene - 2014-01-22 10:28

    Don't be "saddened" resign - you clearly haven't got a clue about anything going on in "your" province!

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