Hout Bay mother seeks compensation after police shoot son in mouth

Ona Dubula (14) was hit at close range with a rubber bullet in his mouth during protests against a proposed cut in fishing quotas two weeks ago.

FILE: Hangberg protesters block roads leading to the community using rocks and bins during a standoff with police. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The unemployed mother of a Hout Bay teenager who was injured during violent protest action is seeking financial compensation.

Fourteen-year-old Ona Dubula was hit at close range with a rubber bullet in his mouth during protests against a proposed cut in fishing quotas two weeks ago.

He was discharged after receiving treatment in Groote Schuur Hospital.

Video footage showing the Imizamo Yethu teenager being shot with a rubber bullet while he sheltered under an overturned table went viral on social media, with many condemning the police officer’s conduct.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has since launched an attempted murder investigation following the incident.

Ona’s mother, 34-year-old Phumeza Dubula, says that the teenager can now only eat soft foods, explaining that his special dietary requirements now puts financial pressure on the family.

"I want that police officer to support my son because if he loses his job, he can’t support his family. He can support his family and he can support my kid."

Ona will go for a medical check-up on Thursday.