LEANDRA-Service delivery protests at Lebohang turned the area into a no-go zone. A 33-year-old woman accused the police of firing bullets at anyone they find walking in the street. She alleged her 14-year-old son and 15-year-old friend were beaten by the police for no reason last Tuesday.
"They were playing in the street and the police grabbed them while they were doing their routine patrolling. They accused them of protesting. They even pointed a firearm inside my son's mouth while they laughed at him."
The boys were taken to the police cells and were released the next day.They will appear at the Leandra Magistrate's Court on 26 June.
"I do not know why they have to appear in court in the first place? They did nothing wrong,"said the woman. She said her son is now affraid to go to school or to walk in the streets. The woman also alleged she was shot in her leg by a group of officers on Wednesday afternoon when she was walking with her children to church.
"We were told by one officer that we must run away when we come across the police.
"We did that but I was shot for no reason."
Const Thabo Leteke,spokesman for the local police,said he could not confirm these allegations raised by the woman.
"It is hear say that the police shoot people while they walk in the street. I can only confirm that one case has been reported to our police station.
"If people are not happy with our conduct,they can report to the Independent Complaints Directorate(ICD)