Sasolburg protest deaths rise to 4

2013-01-24 10:23

Sasolburg - Free State police have revised the death toll in Sasolburg protests from two to four.

Differing deaths tolls have been reported by the media, but Colonel Motantsi Makhele insisted on Thursday that the official death toll was four. He said all four died in hospital on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, the police reported that two people had been killed - one of them at the Zamdela police station.

The circumstances of the second death were not clear: initially police said a motorist shot dead a protester on Tuesday, but on Wednesday Makhele said a shop owner killed this protester.

On Thursday, Makhele denied saying this. He said two people had been shot dead - one by a shop owner and one by a motorist.

He said another two protesters - and not one as initially reported - died after being shot at the Zamdela police station during a clash with protesters.

Deaths being investigated

This brought the official death toll to four - two protesters shot dead at the police station, one shot dead by a motorist, and one shot dead by a shop owner, said Makhele.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said earlier this week it would investigate the shooting at the police station.

Makhele said police were awaiting post mortem reports and the outcome of their investigations to determine whether those killed died as a result of protest-related activity or unrelated, criminal acts.

Earlier, Constable Peter Kareli said a house was stoned and a construction site was set alight in apparent criminal attacks in Sasolburg on Wednesday night.

"It appeared to be criminally motivated: people taking an opportunity," he said.

The motive for the attack on the house was not known, as it was not owned by a municipal official, he said.

"About 12 or 13 people started throwing stones at the house, then they ran away." No one was injured.

Situation under control

On Thursday morning, residents began returning to work after recent protests over municipal demarcation.

"Everything is under control, although the situation is still tense," Kareli said.

Residents started protesting on Sunday in opposition to the proposed merger, in 2016, of the Matsimaholo municipality in Sasolburg with the Ngwathe municipality, under which Parys falls.

Co-operative Governance and Public Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi announced on Tuesday that the merger would not immediately go ahead.

Kareli said that late on Wednesday afternoon residents, of their own volition, began to clean up the debris left on the streets after the protest.

"We are still going to have a lot of police officials in the area until we are convinced that the situation is calm," he said.

  • Bullard - 2013-01-24 10:48

    This kind of news should be directed to the presidency, that finds FNB ads more important to focus on.

  • Bullard - 2013-01-24 11:02

    Aaai shame#Tonguestickinout#...:p

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-01-24 11:07

    And?....what did they expect?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-01-24 11:32

    A motorist..a shop owner...& the police shot people who were breaking the law & were threatened?? what actually is the news here?

  • james.strawson.9 - 2013-01-24 11:49

    More! More! Keep going and purge the scurge.....

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-01-24 11:50

    No doubt a big deal will be made at the funerals of these scumbags, with the ignorant masses turning them into martyrs. Skip the funerals, just add the bodies to the fires their buddies have made in the streets.

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2013-01-24 11:50

    I dont believe this question is coming from DA,I expect such questions to be coming from ANC.what where police supposed supposed to do under fire?u should engage ur brain before u speak

  • andrew.delmont.7 - 2013-01-24 11:52

    And they just keep on voting for the ANC...

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2013-01-24 11:54

    Why investigate it. Like it was a cold blooded murder... they were looting and destroying public property.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-24 12:04

    this situation symptomatic of a much larger problem - that being the lack of governance by our idiot government who insist on putting the wrong person in positions that require diplomacy and brains.

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-24 12:20

    To those that claim the protestors are the instigators of violence, please explain how they are the only ones that are dying?

      Don.Tandy - 2013-01-24 12:43

      Because they are the stupidest.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-01-24 12:48

      Don's right you know...

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-24 13:01

      @Don, I don't blame you for your racist, hate filled comments, I know it's not your fault.

      Watkykj - 2013-01-24 14:58

      lol simphiwe....the race card again hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • HakeemLibala - 2013-01-24 12:44

    Anc stop killing us

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-24 14:18


  • christi.pierre - 2013-01-24 14:24

    If my family or my life is in danger i will also kill to defend myself and my family otherwisw tommorrow you are also one of the statistics of death related protest.

  • denzil.louw.9 - 2013-01-24 14:44

    Let them die. Freedom has boundaries

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 19:09

    This is why civilized educated citizens don't want to be part of mob mentality, stand up for your rights but there is a proper way of doing it, if any human die then it is a tragedy, feel there family's pain, think how your family must feel if you must die, yes some times you want to feel you can strangle some one out of frustration, yes some people don't know better and do stupid things and some people act and say things like a idiot but after all this there is still a human in there and it don't matter what color or race, inside we are all the same, just our brains is different, people are so used to other people dying that no one cares no more, to change SA so we all can live together then we must change our mind think and feel one another's pain and frustration, I am starting with the man in the mirror

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