The Democratic Alliance said that the killing of a boy, allegedly by a police member, is the sign of an ANC government that “resorts to violent action”.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane in a statement said, “I am deeply angered by the actions of the SAPS in Standerton, Mpumalanga, who have gunned down a 14-year old boy. We send our condolences to the family of the young victim. This is a tragedy that should not have happened”. The young child was part of a group of residents who were protesting for the delivery of services and against corrupt municipal officials.
“President Jacob Zuma must immediately institute an investigation into this matter. It cannot ever be admissible that unarmed youth are shot at with live ammunition, while protesting for service delivery and the restoration of their dignity.
“The ANC government has no programme of action or vision for South Africa and therefore resorts to criminal and violent action against citizens who demand the ‘better life for all’ that the ANC promised but has not succeeded in delivering” said the DA leader.
He added: “When Andries Tatane protested for better services, he was gunned down by the ANC government. When the mine workers in Marikana demanded that their dignity be restored, the ANC government gunned them down. Instead of responding to the needs of communities through discussion and service delivery, the ANC government sends the police to deprive the people’s calls for a better South Africa”.