Two injured in Hawston violence

A 13-year-old boy and police officer are in hospital after being shot and wounded during riots Hawston.

Angry Hawston residents burnt the Overberg Canine Unit office building and torched seven police vehicles on 3 November 2012, over the death of an alleged abalone poacher who died while in police custody. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A 13-year-old boy and a Hawston police officer are in hospital after being shot and wounded during riots in the Overberg on Saturday night.

Angry residents burnt the Overberg Canine Unit office building to the ground and torched seven police vehicles over the death of an alleged abalone poacher who died while in police custody.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk on Sunday said the officer was wounded while attending to dogs locked-up in the building.

Van Wyk said the officer's private vehicle was also set alight.

The teenage boy suffered gunshot wounds in both legs during clashes. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

Hawston community members have accused the police of beating Steven Virgaji to death, after they rescued the drowning 19-year-old last week.

Residents believe police attacked him after the rescue and later in police cells.

Virgaji was allegedly diving for perlemoen when he drowned.