Boy, 14, filmed stumbling to the side of the road after being shot in the mouth by South African Police
Video by HB Photography
The mayor of Cape Town said that the shooting of a 14-year-old in the mouth during a Cape Town protest was not carried out by city staff.
Patricia de Lille also condemned the action, captured on video by onlookers this week.
Security offices alledgedly fired rubber bullets at the boy after violence erupted in the Hout Bay area amid protests against proposed fishing quota cuts.
The shooting led South Africa’s police watchdog to launch an investigation into the incident.
“We sent out investigators because the police did not report this matter,” said Moses Dlamini, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson. “We’re also looking into the circumstances as to why they didn’t report it.”
Dlamini added the unit is aware the force used “was excessive,” but that a probe is needed to “come to a proper conclusion.”
"It seems very clear
that the force used was excessive," says South Africa police watchdog Ipid.
Reports say Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town admitted the teenager and Doctors said the boy will likely have permanent speech handicaps.
CopWatchZA tweeted that Western Cape police “are out of control, sure the kid shouldn't be at a riot... but that’s police brutality. Hope kid gets well soon.”
Africa News Week has contacted the South African Police Force for comment.