Attemped murder charge against cops

Robertson -

A 17-year-old boy has laid a charge of attempted murder after he was shot, allegedly with a rubber bullet fired by police in Robertson on Tuesday, Western Cape police said.

(File photo) A rubber bullet. Credit: AFP

Lt-Col Andre Traut said the teenager laid the complaint at the Robertson police station following a farmworkers' protest in the area.

Traut said the matter was handed to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said he was not immediately aware of the case, but would respond later in the week.

Table grape harvesters started protesting about their working conditions in De Doorns last month. Most workers earned between R69 and R75 a day. The protests spread to 15 other towns and resulted in two deaths and the destruction of property.

The farmworkers' strike resumed on Tuesday when their demands were not met. - Sapa