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By Thys Khiba
Mangaung – The members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Free State have confirmed the arrest of a 57 years old security guard following the shooting of a teenage boy amid Mangaung protest and planned shutdown, on Monday.
“It is alleged that a group of protesters went to attack a Warehouse in Dr Belcher road, Bloemfontein. The security guard who was alone at the time, fired a shot in a quest to scare the mob but unfortunately hit a 15 years old boy,” said Free State Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.
The deceased was confirmed dead at the scene. The arrested security guard is expected to appear in Bloemfontein magistrate court on the charge of murder.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a 41-year old man who is identified as Mangaung Metro Solid Waste Manager was allegedly hijacked on his way to work.
“In another incident earlier today, the 41 years old complainant and manager of Mangaung Metro Solid Waste, was driving his white BMW on Mackenzie street in Heidedal on the way to work when he was stopped by a silver Isuzu Bakkie with registration number JKJ 673 NW,” said Brigadier Makhele.
According to Brigadier Makhele, at least three men from the Bakkie approached the victim and one of them pointed the victim with a firearm. The victim was instructed to get out of the vehicle.
Thereafter, they drove away with his BMW, which was later recovered burnt at Mackenzie streets. A case of hijacking has been registered for further investigation.
The Premier of Free State, Sisi Ntombela, advocate for calm in the middle of the Mangaung protest and planned shutdown.”While we completely appreciate and respect our people’s right to embark on a protest action, we appeal that they do so in a peaceful and orderly manner. Nothing can ever justify stoning of passing vehicles and disruption of businesses, which our people depend on,” said Premier Ntombela.
Ntombela says that the forceful closure of businesses that are already affected by Covid-19, due to the ongoing protest will only cause further damage.
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