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Man remanded in custody for murder of boy (15) at Lichtenburg protest

Forty-six-year-old Jaco du Plooy appeared before the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court after he handed himself over to police on Tuesday.

FILE: People make their way home through the debris of a service delivery protests as police watch on in Lichtenburg in the North West. This incident took place on 25 April 2017. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A Lichtenberg court has reserved judgment in the case of the man who stands accused of killing 15-year-old Joseph Tshukudu during a protest in the area earlier this week.

Forty-six-year-old Jaco du Plooy appeared before the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court after he handed himself over to police on Tuesday.

He is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder after he shot at residents protesting along the Boikhutsong Road, near Sukran on Monday morning.

Du Plooy, who claims he shot at the crowd because he feared for his life, will remain in custody until next week.

Police Spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabona said: “We can confirm that Jaco du Plooy was remanded in custody until Thursday 19 October 2017 for bail application judgement. This was done after a brief appearance in the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court today where he faced a charge of murder and two of attempted murder.”

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