THE police literally ran away from a huge crowd chanting slogans during the funeral of Jacob Malakane, who was allegedly shot dead by the police during a protest march last week.
A large contingent of police was on duty outside the Mashishing police station near Lydenburg, watching thousands of mourners who packed the local community hall on Saturday morning.
The "comrades" gathered near the hall chanting the slogan: "Siyabangena! Siyabangena! (We are penetrating them)" as the huge crowd approached the police near the station.
Uniformed police started scattering into the police station yard to avoid a violent confrontation with the angry crowd.
In the hall Malakane was hailed as a hero who died for the truth and speaker after speaker accused the police of brutality for using live ammunition to disperse a protest march more than a week ago.
Malakane family spokesman Marcus Mashego said the family wanted the policeman who killed Malakane brought to book.
"We all know who killed our brother," Mashego said. "He is a policeman and owed this man money, so he took advantage of the situation to shoot him dead."
Malakane's death came as the community marched against the Thaba Chweu municipality after the alleged disappearance of R3,2million from the municipality's main account.
Bushbuckridge executive mayor Milton Morema donated R10000 to the Malakane family in his condolence call on Thursday.