Boy shot by cops in protest
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.”