21 September 2020
POLOKWANE – The Morebeng Magistrate’s Court has released Hendry Ngomane, aged 29, on bail after he was arrested for shooting a civilian during a confrontation over the wearing of face masks.
According to Mashudu Malabi- Dzhangi, Limpopo regional spokesperson for the Director of Public Prosecutions, the 29-year-old Ngomane was charged with attempted murder.
She said the Morebeng Magistrate’s Court granted him bail of R5000 on Monday.
“The police at Mogwadi in the Capricorn District (of Limpopo) have arrested a member of the SANDF for allegedly shooting a 27 year old man Solomon Modise at the local shopping complex,” said Malabi- Dzhangi.
She said members of the South African National Defence Force were apparently on duty, monitoring Covid-19 compliance in the area when they approached a group of people who were not wearing face masks.
“When asked why they were not wearing masks, an argument allegedly ensued and one of the soldiers shot the victim. Modise was taken to the local hospital where he received medical attention,” said Malabi- Dzhangi.
“The matter was postponed to 28 October 2020 for further investigations.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to continue wearing face masks even as the country began Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown on Monday.