Mayor and MEC visit family of tractor shooting victim

Executive Mayor of Mogale City, Patrick Naga Lipudi comforting the sister of the deceased. Photo: Bianca Pindral

Various high-ranking government officials visited the family of the deceased farm worker to express their condolences after he was shot and killed, allegedly by a security officer on Saturday, 6 January.

The Executive Mayor of Mogale City Local Municipality, Patrick Naga Lipudi and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile arrived at the home of deceased’s sister at 11am this morning, 9 January and spoke to her about her loss.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile, spokesperson for the Tarlton Police Station Lucky Matome and Executive Mayor of Mogale City, Patrick Naga Lipudi.
Photo: Bianca Pindral

She was very emotional and said she is devastated by her brother’s death. Journalists and camera crews at the house also made honest attempts to apologise for publishing ambiguous information given to them by officials not close to the case.

Read the initial article here: [Not for sensitive viewers] Security officer fatally shoots tractor ‘thief’ in head

“I only heard of the events much later,” the woman said. “I got a call and didn’t know what had happened. There were so many rumours, so I didn’t know what to believe. It’s painful to imagine that he will never visit us again.”

A memorial service will be held for the deceased near his home in Tarlton today, 10 January at 4pm.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile speaking to Executive Mayor Patrick Naga Lipudi.
Photo: Bianca Pindral

His body will be taken to Vuwani in Limpopo.

“He was born there and he has family there. He needs to go back to be with his ancestors,” his sister said.

On Monday, 8 January most of his family attended the first court appearance of the man who had allegedly shot him, and said it was an emotional roller coaster.

“It was painful to see him [the suspect] and none of us took the situation well. Outside the court people were waving boards and singing songs, but we had to face the man.”

The MEC and Mayor later went to the Tarlton Police Station to get clarity as to what had happened.

Maile said they discovered that it was indeed wrongful reporting instead of police error that allowed for facts to be changed.

“We have to get to the bottom of this. We don’t want to create the impression that poor people will not be treated fairly. Everyone matters to us,” he said.

Also Read: Tractor shooting: National Police spokesperson gave the wrong information to the media

After the event, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, Gauteng Provincial Head of Corporate Communication issued a press release confirming that the information they had sent through initially was correct, saying, “Gauteng Police wish to confirm the facts in relation to initial reports on the arrest of a 46-year-old man following the fatal shooting of a farm worker on Saturday, 6 January near Matshelapad informal settlement in the Tarlton policing precinct, West Rand.

“The 46-year old suspect, now confirmed as a security officer, appeared in court on Monday after he had handed himself over to Tarlton Police in connection with the shooting incident where the 43-year-old farm worker was killed.

“With this matter now before the court, police are appealing to the community and particularly the media to allow the police space to thoroughly investigate the matter so that ultimately, justice is served.

The police are not at liberty to comment further on any aspect of this investigation.”

Police urge communities to refrain from taking the law into their own hands as it is a criminal offence for which they will be arrested. Furthermore, social media users are also urged to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly by not posting messages that could fuel tension and/ or incite violence.

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