Derrick Bopape, the man who was shot in the arm by police after attempting to seriously injure1 them during an incident at Mmametlhake Secondary School in Mpumalanga, has died.
His family is now calling for answers from the police, who they say should be held responsible.
South Africans shared their views on social media. Many felt that Derick had what was coming to him because he set out to break the law and attacked police offers. Angered by the incident, social media user Mona F Caldwell, wrote:
“What answers are they looking for? Did you see the video of your violent vandalizing and aggressive family member/friend/son? The video answers all your questions! The police had to act in self defence! Go and seek answers in your household!”
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Facebook user, Granny Mogonwe remarked:
“Many felt that such reactions were a bit harsh and sympathised with Derrick’s family for their loss. May their child find RIP and may the family find closure in the incident... The police had to protect themselves and other community members it was them or him he was on a rampage.”
Others on the other hand, felt that Derrick’s parents were partially to blame for raising him to be vioent and aggressive.Mavis Dracu wrote, “ I think the family is the one to be accountable for the way they raised their child. Good discipline begins at home.”
Many South Africans disagreed with this opinion and felt that parents often do the best they can but do not have control over their childrem, who are autonomous beings.
Precious Lamampondomise Buka wrote, "His parents didn't fail in any way. Therefore, it was his choices that drove him to the grave. Also the family is wrong - their child was vandalizing the school and state property, including assaulting the officers who were on duty who happen to act out of self defense. They did what they had to do though it hasn't been a happy ending for everyone. Condolences to his family
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