Shot teenager left with gap­ing hole in his mouth

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By AN­THONY MOLYNEAUX

● A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face with rub­ber bul­lets in Hout Bay has been left with a gap­ing wound in his mouth.

“Ona can’t eat. He is strug­gling‚’’ his mother Pinky Dubula said.

“It is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for him now that he has a hole in his mouth.”

Ona was shot by po­lice dur­ing protests in Hang­berg, Hout Bay, on Tues­day. Doc­tors at Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hos­pi­tal op­er­ated on him on Wed­nes­day to re­move a rub­ber bul­let from his mouth.

Im­ages and a video of of­fi­cers open­ing fire on the child‚ who was hid­ing be­hind a ta­ble‚ have gone vi­ral. Dubula said on Thurs­day she had not eaten and had been at her son’s side since he was taken to hos­pi­tal.

Dubula said her son had gone to see what peo­ple were protest­ing about but found him­self in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion.

Res­i­dents from Hang­berg were protest­ing about fish­ing quo­tas and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

On Thurs­day con­struc­tion equip­ment was set alight by res­i­dents who used it to block an en­trance into Hang­berg. Po­lice re­sponded by fir­ing tear­gas at about 100 pro­test­ers.

When com­mu­nity leader Ben James Joseph Rasta­fari was asked if he could con­trol the pro­test­ers, he said: “I haven’t got con­trol. If I go and speak the peo­ple can moer me [beat me].”

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