Nehawu general secretary Zola Saphetha told reporters the union had written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, urging him to fire Mahumapelo.“We want the president to use his powers and prerogative, as expressed in the constitution. But the president would not do so without the facts being put on the table.

Taung - A mother was struck by a police rubber bullet as she knelt crying over the body of her teenage son, who had been fatally shot through the head.

Anna Leeuw, 50, was hit in the lower back moments after a suspected police live round shattered her son Kitlano’s head, killing him, as violent protests demanding the resignation of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo escalated throughout the province on Tuesday.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini told The Star that detectives had already been sent to Taung to investigate the case.

“We don’t know if the police were involved in this matter, as we are still trying to establish all the facts.

“We were all curious to see what was happening, so we walked along with the protesters near the bridge. They started shooting at us and I saw Kitlano fall on the ground, while other people ran in different directions for safety,” said Kitlano’s friend, Molefi Sekgonetso. His mother sobbed as she sat next to her son’s bloodied and lifeless body.

“Then we heard another gunshot, which struck his mother in the lower back as she tried to get up and run towards the car,” said Molefi. A medical officer who attended to Kitlano said the boy was already dead when they got to the scene.Kitlano’s grandmother, Motswana, said her daughter has not been able to get medical attention at the hospital because of the protests. He died even though he was not part of the protest and did not have a clue what the protest was about. "What angers us most is that the police have not come to explain to us what happened,” said Motswana.Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed the incident, which he said occurred between 10pm and 11pm on Monday, and that a murder case had been opened.“I don’t rule out the possibility that he was shot by a live round."The impact of that bullet was so severe that it struck him on the left side of his face and exited through the back of his head.I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” said the officer, who did not want to be named.