Lichtenburg murder accused to appear in court


A 46-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old boy during a protest in Lichtenburg on Tuesday morning will appear in court tomorrow (Thursday) facing murder and attempted murder charges.

The man handed himself over to the police at about 10 pm on Tuesday night.

North West police spokesperson, Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said that the accused arrived at the local police station accompanied by his lawyer.

“According to information available at this stage, the suspect arrived at the police station accompanied by his legal representative. The suspect’s arrest follows an incident in which he allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old Stander Tshukudu of Blydeville while two other males aged 17 and 20 were injured,” he said.

The incident was preceded by public violence in which an unconfirmed number of Blydeville community members torched a truck on the R503 (Lichtenburg-Coligny Road) near Agricor building in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Subsequent to the incident and barricading of the road with burning tyres and other objects, R503 is still closed,” Mokgwabone said.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the R503.