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Soldier shoots man in South Africa for not wearing a mask

A man battles for his life in South Africa after being shot on his thigh by a member of South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) for not wearing a face mask, reports South African online news outlet News24.

According to the news a 27-year-old man and other people were accosted at a local shopping complex on Thursday afternoon at about 12:30, for not wearing a mask, an altercation ensued and the soldier fires a shot which hit the man on his thigh

Confirming the story Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said that the Capricorn district of Limpopo, have arrested a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for allegedly shooting a 27-year-old man at a local shopping complex.

According to him members of the SANDF were 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, Mojapelo said.

The injured man was taken to the local hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The soldier, aged 29, was then arrested and charged with attempted murder. He will appear in Morebeng Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

SANDF spokesperson Captain Jaco Theunissen confirmed the incident to News24.

There was an altercation between SANDF members and a group of people who were not wearing face masks. When members of the public attempted to grab a soldier’s rifle, a shot went off, wounding a man in the upper leg. What happened is unfortunate.

Theunissen confirmed that the SANDF member has been charged with attempted murder.

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