- The man who was shot and killed allegedly by police officers during the Wits University protests has been identified
- Mthokozisi Ntumba was a 35-year-old civilian who had just left a doctor's offices when he was shot
- Police Minister Bheki Cele is today visiting the home of Ntumba in Kempton Park, Johannesburg
The man who was shot and killed during the Wits University student protests has been identified as Mthokozisi Ntumba by the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid). Ntumba was a 35-year-old civilian.
Reports say that Ntumba walked out of a doctor's office when he was allegedly shot by a rubber bullet. The news of Ntumba's untimely death made countrywide headlines as South Africans are reeling from the death of an innocent man.
Police Minister Bheki Cele is reportedly visiting the family of Ntumba in Kempton Park, Johannesburg today, Thursday, 11 March.
IOL reported that Ipid revealed on Wednesday evening that it will be investigating and processing evidence gathered at the scene of the crime. Ipid referred to the evidence surrounding the incident as being 'voluminous'.
According to The South African, Ipid revealed that a post mortem will be conducted later this week to determine the cause of Ntumba's death. Ipid also managed to obtain various witness statements.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Julius Malema called Tito Mboweni out for comment about Ntumba's death. Mboweni stated that the news of a student who was killed was fake.
In the now-deleted post, Mboweni said that Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande would 'deal with the matter tomorrow'. EFF leader Julius Malema was not at all impressed by Mboweni's tweet, writing:
"Life was lost during the peaceful student's protest, which is not fake news. We know you don't care, but some empathy will be beneficial now, Tito!!!
The students are reportedly protesting against financial exclusion. The university said that if it accepts students who have historical debt, it will become financially unsustainable. It seems as though law enforcement had opened fire with rubber bullets without prior warning.
Reports say that the Ntumba suffered a chest wound from a rubber bullet which resulted in his death.
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