We are being shot at like we dogs, claim Mahikeng residents

We are being shot at like dogs, claim Mahikeng residents

Minister of Police Bheki Cele has vowed to return to Mahikeng where disgruntled residents claim they are being unlawfully targeted. 

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Cele visited Mmabatho on Friday to listen to complaints by residents.


President Cyril Ramaphosa also cut his working trip to London amid the violence and destruction in parts of the province.


He is set to engage with the African National Congress' (ANC) leaders in the province amid calls for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down.


A total of 23 people were arrested for various charges including public violence since Wednesday.


A resident from Danville claim that police had unlawfully entered her home and shot an alleged protester.

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"Three days ago they shot at us, and I went to confront the police, I asked them why they went to shoot in my house where the siblings were sitting. They were calling me a 'boesman', they racists," a fiery resident said to Cele.


He promised to return with provincial law enforcement leaders and address their grievances.


"In two weeks' time, we will come back here, sit down and raise these matters and we take the responsibility of speaking with our own members on how they should be working with the community," said Cele.

Another resident said that the state of infrastructure is appalling adding that "if you can go around and look at how people are living - its 24 years into democracy but nothing has changed for us".


"Our learners have to leave school to go home to go use the toilet because the toilets are non-functional, the wires are hanging from the ceilings," said the resident. 

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