Boy shot by cops in protest

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - TATENDA CHIRISERI news@the­newage.co.za

THE fam­ily of the 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face at close range by the po­lice dur­ing a protest in Hout Bay this week have opened a case of as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm against the po­lice.

The po­lice con­firmed that the case was opened by fam­ily mem­bers and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

“This of­fice can con­firm that a case has been reg­is­tered for in­ves­ti­ga­tion on be­half of the fam­ily. In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue,” po­lice spokesper­son Capt FC Van Wyk said.

The boy un­der­went surgery on Wed­nes­day to re­move a sec­ond rub­ber bul­let that had been lodged un­der his tongue for more than 24 hours.

It is re­ported that the teen was struck by at least four rub­ber bul­lets. Two hit him in the ribs and another two hit his mouth.

The boy had gone to watch the protest from about 3km away from Imizamo Yethu where he lives.

The vi­o­lent protest is be­lieved to have been sparked by the Department of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries an­nounce­ment that rock lob­ster quo­tas would be cut.

“Com­mu­nity mem­bers from Hang­berg burnt wooden benches in the mid­dle of Har­bour Road, win­dows of busi­nesses were smashed and the prop­erty was dam­aged. Shots were fired at law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and a metro po­lice of­fi­cer was in­jured.”

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