Humble & respectful Mthokozisi Ntumba had a lot to offer SA – family

Ntumba was shot dead, allegedly by police officers who opened fire with rubber bullets during a protest by Wits students in Braamfontein on Wednesday.

Mthokozisi Ntumba was shot and killed during student protests on Wednesday, 10 March 2021. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG – Mthokozisi Ntumba's family on Thursday said the young father of four still had a lot to offer the country through his promising career and his passion for education.

Ntumba was shot dead, allegedly by police officers who opened fire with rubber bullets during a protest by Wits University students in Braamfontein on Wednesday.

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating the circumstances around his death, and no arrests have yet been made.

Ntumba’s family said he was a calm, humble and respectful man who played a pivotal role in their family.

His cousin, Sthembiso Jwara, said they were still in shock.

“He had a lot to offer in the family. He was playing a good leading role in the family as a whole. So, we had a lot to look forward to in him as a young black man in South Africa.”

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Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele said there were elements of police using force, more-so on black students.

“This a public opinion and public perception; I don’t agree with that its generic, but there will be elements of such within the organisation."

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Cele said officers are constantly receiving training on public order policing, but couldn't commit that such an incident would never happen again.

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