IPID probes death of 62-year-old during Eastern Cape protest

2018-03-20 11:12
Police fire rubber bullets at protesting residents. (Trevor Kunene, Gallo Images, Daily Sun, file)

Police fire rubber bullets at protesting residents. (Trevor Kunene, Gallo Images, Daily Sun, file)

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Cape Town - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death of a 62-year-old man, who died during a service delivery protest in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape, where police fired rubber bullets.

More than 2 000 protesters used burning tyres and stones to block a public road in the area on Monday, police spokesperson Captain Nkosikho Mzuku said in a statement. IPID vehicles were damaged in the protest.

Public order police fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and 20 people were arrested for public violence.

Police were later told that the 62-year-old man had died.

READ: Residents block roads in protest over KwaMashu taxi driver's killing

Mzuku said IPID would investigate his death and that they were treating it as a murder.

"The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known," Mzuku said.

An autopsy will be conducted to establish how the man died.

The Daily Dispatch reported that the man was a taxi driver, who ran away from the police.

"The SAPS would like to appeal to the community leaders to be calm and respect the process of the law [which must] take its course, whilst their petition is being dealt with by the local authorities," Mzuku added.

Mzuku appealed for strikes and protests to be conducted within the ambit of the law.

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