IPID to investigate NW protest killings

The police watchdog says it’s still too early to say whether police killed two protestors unprovoked.

The site of a service delivery protest in Mothutlung, North West, where two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police on 13 January 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID) says its investigators are in Mothutlung, near Brits in the North West, to probe the shooting dead of two people during a service delivery protest there.

The victims were shot dead and two others injured earlier on Monday when officers tried to disperse a service delivery protest over issues around water and sanitation in the community.

Residents have accused police of using deadly force on peaceful protesters without provocation.

IPID's Moses Dlamini says it's unclear whether live ammunition was used.

"The investigation is trying to establish what happened. We don't know, for instance, if the people who died were shot with rubber bullets or live ammunition."

He says investigators are also at hospitals and clinics searching for other locals who may have been wounded.