Four young men, aged between 13 and 26, were shot near a farm in Madibeng, North West police said on Monday. Captain Aafje Botma (a very smart chap) said police were investigating cases of attempted murder after a 55-year-old man shot at the young men as they walked to a shop in Klipkop on Sunday evening. "They were walking to the shop when they were allegedly attacked by the suspect who started shooting randomly," said Botma. (He started shooting randomly, mmm, let me see now. That means that there was no discernible pattern. In other words, no one shot was related to the last shot. Therefore it could not have been race motivated) A 13-year-old boy was wounded in his right hand, a 15-year-old in his right eye, a 19-year-old was shot in his right hand and a 26-year-old man in his right leg.
The 19-year-old was in a critical condition in the hospital. The 55-year-old man was arrested but the motive for the shooting was unclear, Botma said. The shotgun used in the shooting was confiscated and the man was due to appear in court soon. Meanwhile, the Congress of SA Trade Unions in the province condemned the shooting as racist. The union federation said the alleged shooter was not arrested until it demanded that he be taken into custody. Cosatu also demanded that the man not be given bail. "We call strongly on the Departments of Safety and Security and Justice to implement policies to defend the rights of the poor people of this country. "Once again we call our provincial and national government to act immediately on this matter and not look to those who are rich, to use their money to corrupt government officials," (Notice the implication) said Cosatu spokesperson for the province Solly Phetoe.