POLICE BRUTALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

POLICE BRUTALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

It was another cruel blow for the 34-year-old unemployed, single mother who lost her home and everything she had and her five children owned in March when fire razed thousands of shacks in Imizamo Yethu to the ground.

Several schools turned her away this year when she tried to enrol Ona, who was expelled from Grade 6 at his previous school for misbehaviour. This was why he was wandering the streets on Tuesday and decided to investigate the commotion in Hangberg.

Now all she can do is wait at his bedside until he is well enough to go home to the shack she built two weeks ago. “How am I going to nurse him when we get home? Will I have to carry him to the toilet?” she said. “I survive on a child grant. We don’t have a toilet or a tap. We rely on neighbours.”

A policeman shot the teenager at least four times at point-blank range during protests in Hout Bay on Tuesday – twice in the ribs and twice in the mouth – and doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital told Dubula his speech would probably be permanently impaired.

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