Protester shot dead in Sebokeng

2014-02-05 16:56


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Johannesburg - A protester was shot dead and another wounded during demonstrations in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"The protesters split into two groups, the other group wanted to remove the barricades on the road and the other group would not allow it, several shots were fired between the two groups," said police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.

"One person was injured and was taken to hospital and the other died upon arrival at hospital...

"The situation is bad, arrests are expected," he said.

On Wednesday morning residents of Sebokeng blocked roads with burning tyres, stones and trees.

Roads from Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging were closed due to the protest.

Emfuleni mayor Greta Hlongwane said in a statement that protests in Sebokeng was not about service delivery.

"The municipality wants to put it on record that the protest has nothing to do with provision of basic services," Hlongwane said.

She said the protests were related to a housing development in the area, which was the Gauteng housing department's responsibility.

"It is unfortunate that this matter has now affected the entire community of Sebokeng. We have been engaging with the Boitekong community through a series of meetings where we explained that the provincial housing department is in talks with the owners of the private land where the housing developments is supposed to take place," Hlongwane said.

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