auteng Government led by their portfolio chairperson William Matsheke and senior managers of the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) visited popular screen thespian and civil rights activist Patrick Shai at his home on Thursday.
Speaking to MGOSI.co.za on Friday, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the GFC, Shane Maja says that one of the key values of the 6th administration is to close the distance between people and government service(s).
“What happened to veteran actor Patrick Shai is a shame reminder of a violent police service culture that must be condemned,” says Shane Maja.
Shane Maja whose also a former television presenter says that the GFC service delivery model will henceforth be more just about granting permits for the location or providing training and funding support, we want to be responsive to the needs of our audio-visual industry by being responsive and accessible.
“The purpose of the visit was to lend moral support after being shot 11 times by riot police. We are happy to hear that IPID is investigating the incident where 11 protesters including Bra Pat were shot and injured,”
The 7 De Laan and Taxi to Soweto actor, Patrick Shai was shot by police after trying to play the middle man during a protest about electricity in Dobsonville, Soweto on Monday morning.
Shai was rushed to Tshepo Temba Hospital after he took 11 rubber bullets that left him with arm and back injuries.
Shia said on Monday that after buying the items, he noticed that the protest which had gone on during the weekend was still on.
“I moved to the protesters and asked them not to burn tyres on the road. One of the protestors then tried to throw a burning tyre on the road. One cop tried to take the tyre and I said to the guy ‘don’t do it’. But one of the cops simply said asibaboniseni (let us show them).”