The man who died during protest action in the North West province was killed by live ammunition, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has confirmed.
IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini told Correspondent on Friday that Bulelani Sizane had not been killed by a rubber bullet, but by live ammunition.
“Yes, we can confirm that. The person died from a 9mm projectile,” Dlamini said.
Dlamini said that he could not provide further details, as the investigation was ongoing, and was expected to reach completion in about three to four weeks.
Correspondent previously reported that protests to remove North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo had resulted in deaths, including that of a teenage boy.
Business Day reported that Sizane was shot as residents, who had looted a nearby shopping mall in Jouberton, fled from police.
Following interventions from top ANC leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, the situation in the province has returned to relative calm, although Mahumapelo has not resigned as expected.
Instead, he announced on Wednesday that he was taking a leave of absence, and that Wendy Nelson would act in his place.