Thu. Aug 22nd, 2019

Caledon strike: IPID take over investigation of two deaths

caledon strikeThings have yet to de-escalate in Caledon as the stand-off between protesters and the police intensifies.

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The situation in Caledon as of Friday morning has not improved. Residents of the impoverished community clashed with police on Thursday, and as a result, there have been at least two reported casualties.

The Overberg town was the scene of gun smoke and burned tyre ashes, as residents took the Theewaterskloof municipality to task about issues around service delivery.

ReadCaledon strike: Protesters clash with police, two confirmed dead

What’s the latest in Caledon strike?

The anti-riot police unit responded to the scene, on Thursday, when protesters barricaded roads with burned tyres and rubble. A scuffle ensued between the two factions and two people were killed.

As reported by EWN, the independent police investigative directorate (IPID) has been called in to probe the deaths which were pinned on the police.

No new information has surfaced from the police oversight unit but there have been murmurs within the group of protesters that suggest that neither the police nor the protesters are responsible for these deaths.

Who killed the two protesters?

A group of protesters who were interviewed by eNCA‘s Athi Mthongana, have alleged that the two victims were shot by an unidentified security group.

One of the protesters described the alleged killer as a man in a black and white SUV. Moreover, the residents have asserted that neither the police nor this unidentified security group was provoked.

Caledon protesters’ demands

The community has charged the Theewaterskloof municipality of neglecting their needs.

One protester cried that they were promised houses in 2009 when the DA took hold of the Western Cape, and ten years later, they have yet to see a single brick laid on a plot.

She also revealed that they do not have sanitation systems. The bush is their toilet and in 2019, that is unacceptable, she said. Another protester claimed that they do not even know who their mayor is.

Shockingly, the residents claimed that the Theewaterskloof mayor has yet to set foot in their community.

We contacted the municipality regarding the protests on Thursday, and have not received any updated information.

By the time of publication, municipality spokesperson, Hugo Geldenhuys had not gotten back to us about the outcomes of the mayoral executive committee meeting that took place on Thursday

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