Man dies in Roodepoort protest - report

2014-01-23 11:17
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Johannesburg - A man has died after apparently being shot during a protest over housing in Roodepoort on Thursday morning, Eyewitness News reported.

Gauteng police confirmed the incident, saying the man died in hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. Durban Deep residents told EWN that the man was demonstrating peacefully when he was shot by a police officer, but police officials were unable to confirm this.

Residents are apparently protesting over their planned eviction from the former mining area, and unfulfilled promises to provide them with housing.

Sapa reported on Thursday morning that protesters had barricaded roads with stones and burning objects, and were throwing stones at passing cars. Traffic flow in Randfontein and Krugersdorp was affected.

According to EWN, residents of Alexandra in Johannesburg are also protesting over evictions.

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