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Anger As SA Police Shoot Toddler

Anger as SA police shoot toddler
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South African police officer (file phot)

South Africa's police chief has condemned the shooting of a three-year-old boy by an officer.

Bheki Cele dismissed the officer's claim that he fired in self defence, believing the pipe the boy was carrying to be a gun.

He told the BBC the killing was a "reckless criminal act", saying: "Even if it was a real gun, you should not have started by shooting."

But he defended the police's right to use "deadly force" when necessary.

Atlegang Aphane was in a car the police thought was being driven by suspected criminals when he was shot on Tuesday.

The policeman has been charged with murder and remains in custody.

Mr Cele told the BBC's Network Africa programme. "You could have used other means on the three-year-old."

Outrage

The police chief was appointed by President


Added: Nov-11-2009 Occurred On: Nov-11-2009
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