Video footage captures police shooting

Everson Luhanga

Chilling footage has emerged of the police action at the scene of the shooting in the Braamfontein protest on Wednesday.

A 35-year-old man – now named as Mthokozisi Ntumba – was later pronounced dead.

As reported on Scrolla.Africa, Ntumba had just left his doctor, and then ended up on the streets of Braamfontein during the student protest over fees at the University of the Witwatersrand. Students were injured, but Ntumba was the only fatality.

Ntumba worked for the Department of Human Settlements and had recently completed a master’s degree. He was a married father of four, whose youngest child is only eight months old.

The video appears to have been taken by a security camera, and shows parts of the pavement, parked cars and enough of the street to see a police Nyala pull up.

In the footage, students can be seen milling around on the pavement, then scattering when the Nyala arrives. Two police officers jump out and are seen firing their shotguns.

At the top of the frame, a police officer is seen standing and firing his shotgun in the direction of the shops. He appears to fire twice, from behind the parked black car, and then steps around and fires again. A small puff of smoke can be seen in the still below (18 seconds).

The other police officer appears to walk towards the escaping students and then fires his shotgun (13 seconds), which the plume of smoke in the screengrab below appears to show.

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