Teens shot by guards

2018-11-05 15:21
Left: Donovan Forcraft (15) has a bullet still lodged in his leg. Right: Pieter Snodcraft (19) was also shot in the leg.

Left: Donovan Forcraft (15) has a bullet still lodged in his leg. Right: Pieter Snodcraft (19) was also shot in the leg.

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Two Oribi teenagers are recovering in hospital after they were allegedly shot by security guards as they were walking along the railway track next to Washington Road on Friday.

According to their parents, Donovan Forcraft (15) and his friend Pieter Snodcraft (19) were both shot in the leg, while four other teenagers were assaulted.

The parents said they have since opened two cases of attempted murder at the Alexandra police station. No arrests have been made.

According to Cedric Hammond, one of the parents, the boys were out playing on the train track when the incident occurred.

Hammond said the security guards accused the boys of trying to steal copper bearing cables off the railway line.

Hammond said his son was not shot but was handcuffed and assaulted. “The security guards kept them there for two hours and they were handcuffed while they were being assaulted. The first shot missed my son’s head because they were trying to run,” said Hammond.

He said while the boys were in the wrong for being on the train track, the security guards should have contacted the police and had them arrested for trespassing.

“There were no tools found on them; they just go there to play because they are children. One of the boys was basically surrendering when he was shot in the leg,” said Hammond.

He said Donovan’s leg could not be operated on and the bullet was still lodged in it.

“They said if they operate on him, he might lose his leg. They fear that if they remove it, they might touch some vein, so they’ll just close it up for now.”

Another parent, who asked to be unnamed, said the boys told them that while the assault was happening, the security guards were filming with their cell phones.

“My son is turning 16. He’s never slept in my bed since he was a little baby but yesterday [Sunday] he slept with me. He is very traumatised.”

Numerous attempts to get comment from Transnet on Sunday were unsuccessful.


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