Ipid probes death of two people in Caledon during illegal protest

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death of two people on Thursday during a protest in Caledon.

Two different versions of events have emerged. One suggests that the two died when police fired shots at protestors but other reports say the deaths occurred when they were caught up in a stampede while running from police.

Ipid spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, says they are investigating the cause of death to determine whether the police were involved.

Read: MEC Alan Winde angered as Caledon illegal protest leads to two deaths

The law requires that we investigate when the police are involved.

Moses Dlamini, Spokesperson - Ipid

The firearms have been taken for ballistic testing and that will help us determine the person responsible for the shooting.

Moses Dlamini, Spokesperson - Ipid

Dlamini says if the investigation proves that indeed police were involved and responsible for the death of these two people, the matter will be taken further. But if the investigations prove otherwise, the matter will be handed over to the police.

Part of the investigation will be to establish whether the police used live ammunition to disperse the crowd.

We would also need to ask the police whether live ammunition was used and why.

Moses Dlamini, Spokesperson - Ipid

The law says the police can use minimal force to control the situation. It doesn't prevent them entirely from using force.

Moses Dlamini, Spokesperson - Ipid

Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Alan Winde, speaks to Kieno Kammies.

He says he is angered that people died while exercising their right to be heard.

However, he condemns the holding of illegal protests.

He says when people organise illegal protests they must be mindful of the risks and dangers to people's lives.

As leaders, we need to be mindful of the risks that are around when we start rabble-rousing people. You are taking people into a confrontational environment because you are illegally blocking the roads and the police have to come in to do their job and suddenly we've got a confrontation.

Alan Winde, MEC for community safety - Western Cape Government

We need calm heads and we need proper leadership.

Alan Winde, MEC for community safety - Western Cape Government

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