Memorial for Mothutlung victims

Mothutlung residents will hold a memorial service for three people killed during protests.

Mothutlung residents are preparing for a memorial service for the three people who died during this week's protests in the North West township. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mothutlung residents are preparing for a memorial service that will be held for the people who died during this week's protests in the North West township.

Three people were killed this week, allegedly at the hands of police.

Police have, however, denied shooting two protesters and pushing a third person out of a police nyala.

Theodore Seema was allegedly pushed out of a police nyala after he was arrested for public disturbance during service delivery protests in Mothutlung, North West. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

Community leader Paul Hendricks has called on the police to give residents space as they mourn the death of the community members who died as a result of protests for better water services in Mothutlung.

"If the police would stay far away from the memorial service, the people will have a peaceful service for the three deceased."

Hendricks has also accused the Madibeng Municipality of failing to act when the first water pump experienced problems.

He says because of this, local government must be held liable for the three deaths.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are investigating the matter.

Residents say although they do now have running tap water, they do not believe it is safe for human consumption.