Watch Mangaung Shutdown: Child allegedly shot and killed by shop owner

A child was allegedly shot and killed by a shop owner in Bloemfontein during the Mangaung Shutdown protest on Monday, 17 May. Police confirmed that seven people were arrested for public violence earlier on Monday.

The protest is organised under the banner of the ‘Mangaung Community Concern’ and is led by Themba Zweni. Residents are calling for the Metro Council to be disbanded and Tankiso Mea, the city manager, to be removed from office.

CHILD KILLED IN MANGAUNG SHUTDOWN PROTEST.

According to reports, a teenage boy was killed by a shop owner in Mangaung during the protest which turned violent throughout the day.

Free State South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele told The South African that police were aware of the incident but still need to confirm the details.

“We are aware that there was a child shot by the shop owner, allegations being that the shop was being looted, we are still confirming the details,” said Makhele

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Social media users, who claim to be on the scene, say the teen was not involved with the protest.

There was no public transport and only a few cars were on the road, early on Monday, according to the SABC.

Police were deployed to different parts of Mangaung and urged motorists and residents to be vigilant.

Protestors barricaded and blocked roads, including George Lubbe, Moshoeshoe, Taelo Moloisiwa and Dr Belcher roads with tyres, rocks and rubbish on Sunday night, 16 May, after the call for the shutdown was made.

“We plead with the learners and workers not to go to work and only essential workers would be allowed to go through. Only buses and taxis taking these essential workers would be permitted to go through to work,” said Zweni.

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Presh JM Reporter

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