Ipid launches probe into teen’s death

A 15-year-old boy was shot dead in Bolobedu, Limpopo, during a protest at the weekend.

Ipid is investigating four Limpopo police following the death of a young protestor in Bolobedu. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) on Monday launched an investigation after yet another alleged case of heavy-handed policing.

A 15-year-old boy was shot dead in Bolobedu, Limpopo, during a protest at the weekend.

He was part of a group of residents who were demonstrating after a woman's mutilated body was found in the village.

While police were trying to disperse the crowd, who were burning the homes of the men suspected of killing the woman, the teenager was shot.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says an investigation is underway.

"We took a decision that all members who were on duty should hand in their firearms for ballistic testing. We are now waiting for those results."

The teenager is the sixth person to die nationally, allegedly at the hands of police, during protests in January alone.

Four people died in Mothutlung in the North West during water protests.

In a separate incident, 28-year-old Tshepo Babuseng was shot dead during a demonstration over evictions in Durban Deep on Gauteng's West Rand last week.