A 14-year-old Cape Town boy will have to undergo surgery to have a rubber bullet removed from his mouth after he was shot by police officials during protests in Hout Bay‚ Cape Town, on Tuesday.
According to his mother‚ Pinky Dubula‚ her son Ona was at home wondering what the commotion in Hangberg was all about.
Minutes later, he was cowering behind a barricade next to a woman when an officer opened fire. CL!CK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
In a video of the shooting‚ filmed by Hout Bay Photography‚ a police officer can be seen walking up to barricade and opening fire at close range.
Ona comes out from behind the barricade bleeding from the mouth and clutching his side. He can be seen removing what appears to be a rubber bullet from his mouth before slumping over.
Residents can be heard shouting at the police for shooting at the boy, with some demanding to know why they had shot him.
Someone shouts that an ambulance is needed. None of the officers can be heard or seen calling for medical assistance.
A distraught Dubula spoke to TimesLIVE on Wednesday as she waited for her son to be taken to theatre at Groote Schuur Hospital. CL!CK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO