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NHLANGANO – A pupil from Nzongomane High School was allegedly shot by the police during a protest at the school yesterday.

The pupils were said to be protesting at the school, which was when police came to disperse them. It is said that the police then fired warning shots and the pupils ran helter-skelter. The pupils ran out of the school gate, which was when the police then allegedly fired live rounds. The pupil got shot in his left foot and was left bleeding. It was said the bullet went through the foot from the back. It is said other pupils then called for help and further alerted the pupil’s parents.

A good Samaritan took him to Nhlangano Health Centre where he was given first aid. It was established that the pupil was later transferred to Hlatikhulu Government Hospital for further medical attention. In an interview with the pupil’s mother, Phindile Mdluli, she said they were shocked by the incident. She said she was currently at the hospital with his son who was admitted. “I am worried about the bullet hole as the nurses say its too big and is still bleeding,” said Mdluli.

During an interview at 7pm yesterday, Mdluli said police were currently at the hospital having been called by the nurses to alert them of the injured pupil. The Hlatikhulu police were said to have recorded statements and told Mdluli they were yet to call the Nhlangano Police Station to establish which officers were on board a police kombi as they were not aware of the incident.
Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati said they would compile a report of all the incidents regarding the protests. 

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