Crime and police in South Africa – level 3

13-11-2015 07:00

It happened in just under 3 seconds. After South African Police shot and killed a man after an apparent robbery, the CCTV video of the incident which took place near Johannesburg has been labelled as an “execution” by local media.

The man runs, falls, and lies on the floor. As the police officer approaches him, he pulls out his gun. We have decided not to show the moment of death, but just after this image, the officer aims, and fires.

Even after he has been shot, another officer walks up to him and kicks him. After the kicking, he is still alive. And then another officer takes aim and shoots.

Government figures released last month show South Africa’s murder rate increased around 5% this year to nearly 50 per day. And robberies at residential properties are up 5.2%.

An independent group investigating the police in the country has opened a murder case against the officers involved.

Difficult words: apparent (probably true), label (to name), execution (when somebody is killed for doing something illegal), take aim (to point s gun at the target and be ready to shoot), figure (a number, an officials statistic), residential (for people to live in).


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