Man hands himself in after allegedly opening fire on Lichtenburg protesters, killing boy

2017-10-11 08:00


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Lichtenburg – A 46-year-old man has handed himself over to police after he allegedly opened fire on a group of protesters, killing a 15-year-old boy in Lichtenburg in the North West.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone told News24 the man handed himself over at around 22:00 on Tuesday evening.

The boy was killed along the Boikhutso Road on Tuesday morning, when a man who was travelling in a white car, got out of his vehicle and opened fire on the group of protesters.

"The suspect's arrest follows an incident in which he allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old,  Joseph Spencer Tshukudu of Blydeville, while two other males aged 17 and 20 were injured," Mokgwabone said. 

"The incident was preceded by public violence in which an unconfirmed number of Blydeville community members torched a truck on the R503 (Lichtenburg-Coligny Road) near [the] Agricor building in the early hours of Tuesday."

The roads in the area were temporarily closed.

The man is expected to appear in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday to a face a charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

North West provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane requested that residents remain calm.

Police were maintaining a presence in the area on Wednesday. 

In April, the death of teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu divided the nearby farming town of Coligny.

Read more about the Coligny incident HERE

Moshoeu's death sparked riots, with residents taking to the streets and looting and burning buildings.

The two men, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were arrested and charged with murder.

Doorewaard and Schutte allegedly caught Moshoeu stealing sunflowers on April 20.

They claimed they were driving him to the local police station when he allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck.

An eyewitness alleges he was pushed off. Some residents claim he was killed because he was black.

Doorewaard and Schutte are out on bail of R5 000 each.

Their case was transferred to the North West High Court in Mahikeng and is expected to continue on November 15.

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