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Protesters shot dead

By Alfred Moselakgomo | Jun 01, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 45 ]

NORTH West premier Thandi Modise had to step in to calm a potentially explosive protest march in Tlokweng outside Swartruggens yesterday following the shooting to death of two protesters - allegedly by the police

The North West department of public safety said yesterday three people were shot during the protest on Monday.

Two died and another was hospitalised, spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.

He said this emerged after government officials, including Modise, visited Tlokweng.

One of those shot dead was Dimakatso Kgaswane, who was killed on Monday afternoon when residents protested against ritual killing and perceived police inability to solve cases in the area.

The protests started on Saturday following the discovery of the body of Thabiso Moloi, who went missing on April 15.

The Moloi family said the police had failed to find him after they reported him missing and he was only found by residents a month later.

"They (the police) were useless but we are grateful that at last his body has been found," said Moloi's mother, Manko Moloi.

After the discovery, thousands of local residents embarked on a protest, demanding the expulsion of the provincial police commissioner.

During the protest, a tavern and a police minibus were set alight.

Police allegedly used live ammunition to disperse protesters.

Fearing the incident could further fuel the marchers' anger, Modise visited the area yesterday where she called for calm.

When Modise arrived she was welcomed by protesters carrying placards, some reading, "F. the police, they are useless" and "We voted for you to kill us".

Modise later addressed about 1000 residents who had gathered at Moloi's home.

She assured the community that those responsible for Kgaswane's death would be found and face the full might of the law.

"The guns of all officers who were here yesterday (Monday) have been confiscated in an attempt to establish who the killer among them is," Modise said to big applause.

Residents pleaded with her to hand the suspect to them so that they could deal with him, to which she replied: "We are here to help you and the affected family see justice being done in the end.

"Don't handle this matter in a way that might result in the suspect getting off scot free because the correct procedure had not been followed."

The Kgaswane family described Dimakatso as a hard worker who was loved by all in the community.

"I could not believe it when I got a call at about 5pm yesterday informing us that my daughter had passed on," said her mother Meisie Kgaswane.

"Who is going to take care of her three-year-old son because none of us is employed? It's a disaster."

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Only one way, one way...one way to Haven = ANC's Police Kiliing

Jun 01, 2011 3:30 | 0 replies

Ask Thandi/JZ /Motsatsi gore a ga ba bofa na,the answer is yes.Go itse mang gore ba bofile ka dinama tsa batho ba ba retlilweng?As long as we africans re ignora seAfrica mathata a rona ga ana go fela.Fa e ne ele maloba Kgosi Motsatsi o ne a bitsa dingaka tsa motse di latlha bola molai a ba a tlhagelela jaanong ka jeno re bua ka constitution/bill of rights mme batho batswelletse go tlhokofadiwa.Batho wee boloi boteng ka seAfrika mme bo ka senolwa ke dingaka tsa seAfrika.Dintlo/dikoloi tsa rona tse re di agetseng/reketseng Di ministara/premier etc di bofilwe ka megala/dibotlolo.Nna nka go bolelela maina a ba bangwe ba ke ba itseng ga ke re ga twe mme le wena o a itse gore ke bua nnete.A palamente e sekaseke witchcraft act seswa.

Jun 01, 2011 11:45 | 0 replies

Viva ANC death squads Viva = Vote ANC - "A better life for all" HA,HA,HA,HA,HA,HA,HA,HA 'n beter AFTERlife miskien

Jun 01, 2011 11:32 | 0 replies

Its high time that police officers are made aware that they are not above the law.Who do they think they are to use life ammunition on defenceless people?This has to come to an end!

Jun 01, 2011 11:23 | 0 replies

@takoskonvict

O seka wa ntsheleka wena everybody knows gore Limpopo e ya rock(a) ka boloi o kile wa utlwa go mentioniwa boloi ba ko w/cape or free state.Lona le di profesa.

Jun 01, 2011 11:22 | 0 replies

- "LIVE Ammunition at a Protest" now thats dumb! what happened to inhlamvu zenjoloba

- Its just few police that misrepresent the POLICE as a whole. If Police could be as good as they are issuing Traffic Fines and summons and road blocks setups.....how can you issue a fine of R500 for exceeding a speed limit by 10Km/ h.

- How do you vote for Police? Police are there by default i think if im not wrong....now if i read the story, the killings taking place there happened before "voting", so if POLICE are voted in power, why did you VOTE for them......people are now just taking this negative VIBE spread all over the country about police, Yes some police are lazy....on the other story where a black BMW was stolen 4rm SOWETO, all of a sudden police are now buddy buddies of people, their heros...a bad story comes up, all of a sudden they are all bad......make up your minds people...

Jun 01, 2011 10:51 | 0 replies

you voted ANC so stop complaining and protesting.FEEL IT IS WORKING ON YOU.

Jun 01, 2011 10:37 | 0 replies

this shud serve as a lesson to those lazy police in the area of madikwe, i can count alot of cases of murder and rape that i know personally which were not solved and the perpetrators are walking freely today and i know surrounding areas are experiencing the same problems including tlokweng.siga,matau manamela the justice system in that area of madikwe is indeed failing us and i hope the surounding communities can join in and bring all this wrong things to an end. as for the provincial gorvement your intervation is too late the people of tlokweng were supposed to chase u away, we are sick and tired of people who pretend to care about us.NXA

Jun 01, 2011 10:31 | 0 replies

Tkay

Yes boss sorry boss , wont do it agian boss

Jun 01, 2011 10:31 | 0 replies

@Pivaan000 - if you dont have any comment to make shut the hell, what does race have to do with these...

When will police officers learn to hold their guns and not just shoot, what are they being taught at the academy kante - police can be barbaric sometimes just like residents. I think were residential protests are concerned police should never come armed with guns - they should come with hosepipes and use water, we cant keep on loosing innocent citizens like these

Jun 01, 2011 10:28 | 0 replies

Another two community members likked by these Dogs,
We must increase the number of police killing by community please, Lets fight for this by killing atleast one police a week.

I really hate these Cele's dogs. i hate the bastards police. sh*t

Jun 01, 2011 11:48 | 0 replies