Pretoria - Police on Friday warned the public to refrain from the "senseless and reckless circulation" of the shooting and wounding of a man who had been breaking windows at Mmametlake Secondary School, in Mpumalanga.
In the video that went viral on Thursday, the man can be seen brazenly smashing windows. When a police van arrives he throws objects at it. The police eventually fire a shot wounding the man later identified as a disgruntled former student.
Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma said he was "perturbed by an incident" and "cautioned members of the community to refrain from senselessly and reckless circulation of the video for the sensitive material contained".
"Information at police disposal revealed that the police were dispatched to the school at Mmametlhake, near Pretoria, after receiving a complaint that learners were fighting. On their arrival, however, they discovered that in actual fact, a certain man was busy damaging windows of the school with bricks, an incident which terrified the educators and learners," said Lieutenant General Zuma.
"It was later brought to the attention of the police that the said man had come to the school demanding to see the principal when told that it would not be feasible for him to see the principal at the time. He then reportedly went on the rampage destroying the windows of the school, hence police were called.