National Commissioner calls for calm as the IPID investigates death of protesters in Caledon

PRETORIA - The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service has called for calm in the area of Caledon after receiving reports that two civilians have been killed during a protest action.

According to preliminary reports it was during the policing of the protest action when police were dispersing the crowd that two protesters died. In view of the allegations that the protesters were shot by police, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been called in to investigate this matter.

"Therefore, it is our humble appeal that the community of Caledon remain calm and allow the investigation to take its course", said General Khehla John Sitole.

"The IPID is an independent institution which is mandated to conduct such investigations in an objective unbiased manner", added General Sitole.

The National Commissioner has also directed that police cooperate fully with the investigation.

Source: South African Police Service