“He did not deserve to die in that manner” - Mthokozisi Ntumba’s family

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Mthokozisi Ntumba
Mthokozisi Ntumba

Mthokozisi Ntumba, the man that was shot dead during the Wits student protest in Braamfontein earlier this week, was married with four children. 

Ntumba was shot dead, allegedly by police officers who had opened fire with what is said to be rubber bullets during the protest by Wits University students over the non-registration of students due to outstanding debt. 

Ntumba’s cousin, Sthembiso Jwara, told the media that he was a progressive and determined young man who still had a lot to offer the world. He was speaking outside their Kempton Park home on Thursday morning. 

From the information we have received and from what we have seen, we feel hard done by the police services that [are] supposed to protect us
Sthembiso Jwara

“He lost his parents at a young age but with his brothers, they have really worked hard to be where they are,” he said. 

“It is painful. He did not deserve to die in that manner but there is nothing we can do. We will have to be strong for ourselves and his children.” 

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Jwara went on to say that the family feels ‘hard done’ by law enforcement. 

“From the information we have received and from what we have seen, we feel hard done by the police services that [are] supposed to protect us,” he said. 

“We want answers and expect justice to be served. We appreciate Police Minister Bheki Cele’s gesture. We have been briefed about the steps they are taking.” 

It is something that has no inch, grain of explanation or defence on it
Bheki Cele, Minister of Police

Mthokozisi had just visited a clinic for a consultation and he was shot soon after he’d left the clinic. 

Speaking on the matter, police minister Bheki Cele said it had “no grain of explanation.” 

“It is something that has no inch, grain of explanation or defence on it,” he said. 

“Somebody, for me, just went crazy.”

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the circumstances around Ntumba's death. No arrests have been made at this stage. 

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