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Probe after Cape police shoot boy in mouth with rubber bullets

A video shows the boy and another teen taking shelter behind a table during clashes with police.

FILE: About 50 protesters placed burning debris and other material in the middle of the road in Hout Bay on 18 August 2017. Picture: City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says it's investigating a case of attempted murder after a 14-year-old boy was shot during protests in Hangberg, Hout Bay.

Chaos erupted this week as residents took to the streets in protests against possible fishing quota cuts.

A video shows the boy and another teen taking shelter behind a table during clashes with police.

The 14-year-old was struck twice in the mouth and twice in the ribs by rubber bullets.

Ipid's Moses Dlamini says: “We sent out investigators because the police did not report this matter. We’re also looking into the circumstances as to why they didn’t report it. We saw videos on it and sent our investigators to Hout Bay.”

"At this stage we must investigate even though from the footage it seems very clear that the force used was excessive. However we must investigate so that we can come to a proper conclusion.”

The Times is reporting the teenager had to undergo surgery at the Groote Schuur Hospital and doctors say his speech will probably be permanently impaired.

The police watchdog is also probing a separate incident involving police after a shooting in Manenberg.

A video has surfaced on social media of officers storming a building and opening fire with rubber bullets on a group of partygoers, apparently for no reason.

No one was hurt, but the incident has been reported to Ipid.

Dlamini says they are investigating.

“I can confirm Ipid has received notification about this matter. We are investigating. The investigation is in its early stages, but we call on witnesses to come forward and contact Ipid.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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