Mothutlung: Man dies from injuries

The death brings to three the number of people killed this week, allegedly at the hands of police.

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 Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Mothutlung protester, whose family claims he was pushed from a moving nyala by police after being arrested during protests this week, has died.

This brings to three the number of people killed this week, allegedly at the hands of police, during running battles with community members who are demanding that their water be restored.

Police have denied they pushed Theodore Seema out of the nyala, saying he jumped out of the vehicle after he was arrested for public disturbance.

Seema's sister Tshegofatso has disputed the police's version of events, saying eyewitnesses saw officers push her brother out of a moving police nyala.

"Theordore and some protesters were arrested. Then the police pushed him out of the police van."

27-year-old Seema and a friend were arrested in Tuesday morning while police were conducting mop-up operations in the area following the two-day protest over water shortages.

It's believed Seema and his friend were standing near rubble and rocks, which had been used to barricade the road, when police arrested them for public disturbance.

Seema's family says he suffered severe brain trauma after falling on his head and died as a result of his injuries.


Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema told Mothutlung residents should not only vote for the ANC because its leaders were involved in the struggle against apartheid.

Malema addressed thousands of his supporters in the North West township on Tuesday, a day after police allegedly shot and killed two men, Michael Tshele and Hosia Rahobe, with live ammunition during a service delivery protest.

He called for the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa to step down in light of the recent spate of crime by police against innocent civilians.

Malema has promised residents of Mothutlung uninterrupted access to water if they vote for him in the upcoming elections.

"You've got the power to change this nonsense and you can't continue to vote for people who kill you when you are demanding something."

The EFF leader told residents to stop voting for the ANC because the party is taking them for a ride.

"You must no longer sleep and you will not drink history."

He pledged to donate two cows to the families of the three men who died during a service delivery protest.

Malema told residents to continue fighting for their rights.


Furthermore, Malema says Mothutlung residents should continue protesting in the area until water and their dignity is restored.

Addressing thousands of people, Malema said the lives of fallen men should be honoured through continuing with the peaceful protest until the Madibeng Municipality addresses their plight.

Malema, who received a warm welcome, addressed residents at a breakaway meeting from the one which was held by Mthethwa and his delegation.

He says residents should continue fighting for their rights.

"It's your right to have proper sanitation, it's your right to have a proper paying job, it's your right to have a proper house and good schooling."


Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told residents that no one is above the law and warned the public against rushing to conclusions about the death of three protestors.

The minister said although he is anxious to know exactly what happened on Monday, speculating about it will not help.

North West police have distanced themselves from claims they used live ammunition, without provocation, while trying to disperse demonstrators.