Shange agreed and said it was the first time he had dealt with a matter of this nature. “White, weak rubber bullets cannot kill a person,” said Shange.
Netshipise asked Shange if he was aware of white, weak rubber bullets shot by police at students on the day of the incident and none of them died.
“Public order police used these white, weak rubber bullets when they shot at the students at a distance of 10m on Jorissen Street and no-one died. Are you aware of that?”
Shange said he was not aware of this particular shooting incident.
“In your 35 years of experience, I am sure there were instances where you used white, weak rubber bullets at a distance of 3m, 5m and no-one died?” asked Netshipise.
Shange agreed with Netshipise’s assertion.
Last month, Beeslaar told the court that public order police should fire rubber bullets to the ground more than 20m away from their intended target and it should ricochet into the legs and not the upper body.
Beeslaar, who is from the public order policing unit in Diepkloof and has been a police officer for 38 years, told the court what their regulations say about how police should use rubber bullets as a form of crowd control.
“Rubber rounds are classified as minimal force. The reason they should be skip-fired and bounce on the ground, targeting the legs of the people, is because this will reduce the possibilities of serious injury. The chances of fatal shooting is less when a person is hit on the legs than the upper body,” said Beeslaar.
Officers Motseothatha, Tshepiso Kekana, 27, Madimetja Legodi, 37, and Victor Mohammed, 51, face charges of murder and three counts of attempted murder and have pleaded not guilty.
The trial continues.