Police admit excessive force at Mothutlung

The Police Minister admits officers used a banned type of shotgun round on protesters.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Police Ministry has confirmed 14 officers are under investigation in the wake of the fatal shooting of three protesters in Mothutlung.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says six of the officers have already been suspended, while others are being served with their suspension notices.

"Dispersal did not take place according to the provisions of the [Regulation of Gatherings] Act and the force used to disperse the crowd was disproportionate."

Mthethwa says the police's own rules for managing crowd events were also not complied with.

"The members did not comply with some of the core internal operational prescripts insofar as they relate to public order policy."

But Mthethwa denied there is a culture of impunity within the police service.

The minister also revealed that the ammunition used during the protests was a type of shotgun round barred from use since 2006.

He says disciplinary action against the 14 officers is expected to be concluded within 60 days.