Shooting not related to Bekkersdal protests - police

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Johannesburg - The murder of a 20-year-old man in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, is not linked to violent protests in the area, Gauteng police said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Constable Elsie Tshonte said: "The incident cannot be linked with the protest, as two men were outside their shack on Wednesday night when a vehicle with four occupants approached."

According to an eyewitness, the car with the four occupants arrived around 23:00.

Two passengers got out and insulted the two men standing outside the shack before firing four shots, hitting one of the men.

The assailants got back into the car and sped off.

The shot man died on the scene.

However, the murdered man, Themba Khumalo and his friend had reportedly clashed with supporters of a local ward councillor who residents want fired.

The area has been hit by protests over service delivery in the past week.

On Wednesday, a foreign shop owner was arrested after allegedly shooting another man. He faces an attempted murder charge.

Last week, 35 people protesting over service delivery were arrested and charged with public violence after a petrol bomb and stones were thrown into the police station.

Three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle were damaged.
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