- A young man by the name of Musa Magasela was recently shot from behind and killed, allegedly by police
- Reports say Magasela's death was a case of mistaken identity as cops believed he was an armed hijacker
- More reports and posts online revealed that Magasela was reportedly on his way to church when the incident occurred
22-year-old soccer coach Musawenkosi Magasela was allegedly handcuffed due to an apparent mistaken identity and - even more worryingly - shot in the back. Magasela was killed in Clayville East, Gauteng, allegedly by police officers.
Reports say the young man was mistaken for an armed hijacker. The heartwrenching incident occurred last week and South Africa wants justice. #JusticeforMusaMagasela is taking the trends over on Twitter.
Images of Magasela are circulating on social media with many signing a petition to have the police officers investigated for Magasela's death.
A report by SABC News about Magasela's family revealed that his family wants answers. Magasela's father wants to know why his son was shot in the back if he was handcuffed and posed no threat.
The petition for justice for Magasela's death has over 8 000 signatures so far, according to EWN.
Taking to Twitter, Briefly.co.za compiled just a few of the messages online for Magasela and his family.
"This is Musa Magasela, Musa was shot by police due to their incompetence & inability to check his identity before engaging him. He was mistaken for a suspect involved in a highjacking. #JusticeForMusaMagasela."
"Things are really getting worse in South Africa and no one is taking action whatsoever. I really pray and hope justice for Musa Magasela."
"Who were the police trying to kill when they killed Musa Magasela Man?"
"Musa Magasela was on his way to church in the morning when police thought he was a highjacker and shot him dead. Only 22 years old."
"The real question is why did they handcuff Musa Magasela? How did he end up being shot at the back at that close range? Why was he loaded into police van and first taken to the police station? Why they did not register their vehicle at the Tembisa Hospital when the brought him???"
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported on the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba. South African Police Minister, Bheki Cele has called the death of a 35-year-old Wits bystander and father of three, Mthokozisi Ntumba from East Rand, Kempton Park "inexcusable" and "unacceptable".
Cele was heard telling this to journalists after he visited the young man's family at their Kempton Park home yesterday. He also said that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will need cooperation from everyone involved in the case, including Ntumba's family.
The 35-year-old was married with three children, the youngest child being under one year old, and had just completed his Master's degree while working at the Department of Human Settlements when he was gunned down by a rubber bullet allegedly shot by police officers trying to disperse the crowd of protestors outside of the Wits medical centre.
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