The killing of a man during a protest in Ficksburg – allegedly at the hands of the police – was widely condemned by political parties, trade unions and civil society on Thursday.

Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Free State secretary Sam Mashinini said: “This is really bad for the province and the country and we call for a thorough investigation into this matter and anyone who is found to have misused his powers… must face the might of the law.”

Media Monitoring Africa welcomed the decision by the SABC to give prominence and attention to the crime, but was concerned about discrepancies in how the story had been reported.

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