Hunt for taxi driver after protester shot
The protests had turned violent, with people barricading the roads with stones and burning tyres and looting shops belonging to Pakistani nationals. The protesters also rounded up a taxi that was looking for space to pass them
POLICE in Limpopo say a search is on for a taxi driver who allegedly shot and killed a man during a service delivery protest in Tafelkop on Friday.
The community of Tafelkop was protesting against the lack of water in the area.
The protests had turned violent, with people barricading the roads with stones and burning tyres and looting shops belonging to Pakistani nationals.
The protesters also rounded up a taxi that was looking for space to pass them.
It is alleged the taxi driver was threatened and then drew a firearm and shot dead a man before fleeing.
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said yesterday they had arrested at least 25 community members and charged them with public violence and malicious damage to property.
Those arrested, he said, would appear in the Motetema Magistrate's Court today and a hunt had been launched for the taxi driver.
"We have launched a hunt for the taxi driver accused of shooting to death one of the protesters in Tafelkop on Friday, Mulaudzi said. We have opened a murder case against him. We advise him to turn himself in."
According to Sekhukhune district municipality spokesman Willy Mosoma executive mayor Mogobo Magabe had convened an urgent meeting to deal with the violence by community members.
"Magabe has acknowledged the concerns of residents and is committed to intensifying the supply of water to Tafelkop," Mosoma said.
He said so far all sections of Tafelkop were being supplied with water on a rotational basis due to technical challenges.
Mosoma further said the newly established rapid response team of the municipality would shorten its response time so as to "speedily deal with break-downs as they occur".
"We want to reiterate our commitment to a speedy resolution of this problem and want to send our sincere condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the person who was killed during the protests," he said.
Mosoma said water remained their top priority and further called on people demanding water to do so "within the frameworks of the law". - firstname.lastname@example.org