Mothutlung: Police face more accusations

The family of a man critically injured after falling from a police Nyala say the cops are to blame.

Protesters gather for a community meeting in Mothutlung, North West, following the deaths of two people on 14 January 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

MOTHUTLUNG - Another person has been injured during ongoing protest action in Mothutlung, near Brits in the North West, on Tuesday.

Police say Theodore Seema jumped from a moving SAPS Nyala after resisting his arrest for public violence.

But the 27-year-old's family claim he was thrown from the van by heavy-handed officers.

They say they now feel betrayed by government.

"I feel very disappointed by the government," Seema's sister Tshegofatso says.

"I'm very disappointed and sad and angry also. I want revenge but my brother is someone who doesn't like revenge so I've accepted it."

She says her brother is in critical condition in the Brits Hospital ICU.

The latest incident comes after the shooting death of two men during service delivery protests in the area on Monday.

Residents have been demonstrating over water and sanitation issues for three days.

They claim the two deaths were unwarranted and unprovoked but an Independent Police Investigations Directorate inquiry is yet to clarify this.

Hundreds of residents are now gathering at an open field in Mothutlung ahead of a community meeting with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Mthethwa and Phiyega have been briefed about the situation in the area at the Brits police station.