Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Two people killed in protest in Mothotlung

Police confirmed that two people were killed and another two injured in a stand-off between protesters and police near Brits in the North West, eNCA reported on Monday.

Two protesters were shot dead and two were wounded during a service delivery protest, said Colonel Sabata Mokgobone. Police were called to monitor protesters after they barricaded a road with burning tyres.

Leon Basson, a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor in the Madibeng municipality told the Mail & Guardian that the protest involved members from Brits and Mothotlung communities. 

He said the communities were connected by the same broken water pipe and had been without water for a week. They were en route to the municipal offices when "something went wrong … and the police opened fire". 

The municipality's purification pump and standby pump were both broken, he said.

Video
Basson arrived at the scene after the shooting. While he did not witness the protest, he said he was informed that a video of the incident was available, and more information would be made available at a community meeting scheduled for Monday night.

He was told that two people were killed, allegedly by the police, while three others were injured. By Monday afternoon the protesters had dispersed while the situation in Mothotlung remained "tense", said Basson.

Meanwhile, the DA in the North West has called for an independent investigation into the the two protestors' deaths in Brits.

"Violence can never be condoned at a protest action, by either side," North West DA leader Chris Hattingh said in a statement on Monday.

Hattingh said the party was shocked and outraged at the incident.

The Madibeng municipality was not immediately available for comment. – Additional reporting by Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans interned at the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley for three years before completing an internship at the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane). She went on to work as a Mail & Guardian news reporter with areas of interest including crime, law, governance and the nexus between business and politics. 

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Life Esidimeni inquest postponed until August 30

The lawyer for the bereaved families argued that Dr Makgabo Manamela’s requests for postponements have a negative impact on the families of the deceased who seek closure

RECAP: Mbeki tells ANC that land without compensation goes against...

‘This would be a very serious disincentive to investment,’ says Thabo Mbeki in a document arguing that the ANC should not proceed with the Constitutional amendment of section 25

More top stories

Government proclaims 27 October for local elections, but supports...

The IEC has accepted former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke’s recommendation to postpone the vote to February, but still needs Constitutional Court approval to do so

ANC Free State endorses three names for Mangaung mayor

The three candidates the province has put forward are said to be Ramaphosa supporters, who will further alienate Magashule from his power base

ANC’s provincial executive committee endorses three candidates for Joburg mayor...

Sources say that the PEC gave the nod to the three names put forward by the Johannesburg regional executive committee

Covid-19 draws the bulk of health sector’s focus, at the...

Children have accounted for a relatively low number of coronavirus cases, but other facets of their healthcare and wellbeing have suffered
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×