The Fighters have demanded for the immediate arrest of Michael Touloum, a white farmer who reportedly attacked and shot 23-year-old Simon Mmetli on his left leg at the Mokwalakwala farm in Duiwelskloof.
Mmetli was shot after he was caught “carrying 4 items of wood to make a fire,” disclosed the Fighters.
“Simon Mmetli is a cleaner at the Maupa Primary School at Mokgoba Village in Duiwelskloof. (He) was transferred to Mankweng Hospital on the 12th of January 2017 and was set to have the bullet removed from his leg…but the operation was not performed due to his low blood levels.
“A criminal case against Michael Touloum was opened on the 6th of January 2017 following the incident on the 4th of January 2017 at the Modjadjiskloof Police Station and to date, the police have not arrested Michael Touloum,” related the party.
With the above, EFF asserted that “it is atrocious…that a young man was shot on the leg and the police of Modjadjiskloof Police Station have done absolutely nothing about the matter.
“Michael Touloum is roaming the streets of Limpopo as a free man only because he is white and his victim is Black,” argued the Fighters.
Afterwards, they contended that the white farmer should be arrested immediately and the case treated with vigorous urgency.
“It is unacceptable that the lives of poor Black people are trampled upon by white arrogant racists with impunity.
“We know where this white racist man stays, as do the police; thus if they do not act we will do a citizen arrest together with the community to bring the man into custody,” warned the fighters.
Meanwhile, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has noted the contents of video material circulating online depicting the fatal shooting of a police officer during an armed robbery in Katlehong, Gauteng.
From our gatherings, the officer – Constable Tshepo Tladi (35) – died in hospital after being shot during an armed robbery in Twala Section, Katlehong North on Thursday, 12 January 2017.
Already, the Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has sanctioned both misconduct and criminal investigations, in collaboration with the Hawks in order to ensure that those responsible for the fatal shooting of the officer are dealt with.
Speaking, Lieutenant General Phahlane said: “we are extremely shocked and disturbed by the video footage which we have seen and which is circulating online.
“The insensitivity of the media in circulating a traumatic video of this nature is conspired sensational journalism and unfortunate.
“That the late member’s family has been subjected to the trauma of witnessing his death through viral video footage is regrettable and we extend our deepest condolences to them. We will ensure that justice prevails,” Phahlane promised.