Man dies during North West protest

2012-07-04 22:02
A man has died during protests in Mahikeng in the North West province, police say. (File, Sapa)

A man has died during protests in Mahikeng in the North West province, police say. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A man has died during protests in Mahikeng in the North West province, police said on Wednesday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane declined to confirm or deny a report that police shot at the man with rubber bullets.

"I don't know [about the cause of death], all I'm saying [is] let us just allow the [Independent Police Investigative Directorate] to do their job."

The directorate could not be reached for comment.

According to a report by the SABC, the man died after he was allegedly shot with police rubber bullets on Tuesday evening.

However, Ngubane said such rumours would not assist with investigations.

Residents first said he was run over by a police vehicle and then later said he was shot during a protest on Tuesday, he said.

The area had seen sporadic service delivery protests over the last two months.

"It happens mostly at night - public violence, burning of tyres and closing of roads," Ngubane said.

He said police were patrolling the area as there was a "high possibility" of protest action resuming after dark.

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