South Africa: North West Cosatu Seeks Independent Probe

 

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Service delivery protest (file photo).

Johannesburg β€” Cosatu in the North West on Thursday called for an independent investigation into the killing of Mothutlung residents during protests near Brits.

It welcomed a probe by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, but said the Ipid reported to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and therefore could not be independent, provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said in a statement.

“Hence the Congress of SA Trade Unions North West is calling for an independent body which is not located in the ministry to be the one investigating this matter.”

Three people were killed in the township since the protests over a shortage of water started.

On Monday, mineworker Osia Rahube and a photographer known as Bra Mike were shot dead, allegedly by police. On Tuesday, another man, Lerato Seema died, allegedly after falling from a moving police Nyala. Police said he was trying to escape from custody.[More]