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Man shot by police after wrecking Mpumalanga school

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The police have shot at and arrested a man for damaging property at Mmametlhake High School and throwing bricks at South African Police Services (SAPS) vehicles.

In a social media video that has gone viral, a man could be seen pelting bricks at the windows at Mmametlhake High School in Nelspruit on Thursday, 7 March 2019. Due to his behaviour, the SAPS was called in to assist.

In the video, a SAPS van can be seen driving into the school premises while the unidentified man continued smashing windows. As soon as the police van came to a halt, the man could be seen throwing a brick at the van’s window.

The man, who has only been identified as a former pupil at the school, was allegedly there to see the principal. “It is alleged that when he was told he could not see the principal, he became violent and started throwing bricks, destroying the school’s windows. Police were called in to assist…the intruder attacked them until he was shot in the leg,” said Mpumalanga Department of Education spokesperson Jasper Zwane.

After the van was pelted at, it could be seen retreating from the man, while he continued throwing bricks at the school windows. Several school pupils were seen coming out of class and into the open field. Three gunshots could be heard as the vandaliser fell to the ground. It is alleged that the police shot him in the leg and he was later taken to hospital.

Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed that investigations would begin on Friday, 8 March 2019.

The man will face charges of attacking police officers and malicious damage to property.

Abenathi Gqomo
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