A probe has been launched by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) into the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy who was shot by police during protests in Hangberg, Hout Bay.
Residents of the seaside community who protested against possible cuts to fishing quota this week, were met by riot police who fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
The boy was struck twice in the mouth and twice in the ribs while he took shelter from the riot police alongside a friend. The IPID says investigations are being led to understand why this excessive force was not reported by local SAPS.
A video shows the boy and another teen taking shelter behind a table during clashes with police.
Ipid's Moses Dlamini says: “We sent out investigators because the police did not report this matter. We’re also looking into the circumstances as to why they didn’t report it. We saw videos on it and sent our investigators to Hout Bay.”
"At this stage, we must investigate even though from the footage it seems very clear that the force used was excessive. However, we must investigate so that we can come to a proper conclusion.”
Certain outlets are reporting the teenager had to undergo surgery at the Groote Schuur Hospital and doctors say his speech will probably be permanently impaired.
Similarly, the police watchdog is also probing a separate incident involving police after a shooting in Manenberg.
A video has surfaced on social media of officers storming a building and opening fire with rubber bullets on a group of partygoers, apparently for no reason.
No one was hurt, but the incident has been reported to Ipid.
Dlamini says they are investigating.
“I can confirm Ipid has received notification about this matter. We are investigating. The investigation is in its early stages, but we call on witnesses to come forward and contact Ipid.”