Man shot in service delivery protests, dies

2010-10-06 07:11

A man died after being shot in a protest at the Lion Park informal settlement off Johannesburg’s Malibongwe Drive.

“Apparently he was shot when the protesters were throwing stones at the police (yesterday),” said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

The man died in hospital later.

Police were investigating whether the shot came from the crowd or from the officers on the scene, and whether it was live ammunition or one of the rubber bullets that were fired to control the protesters.

Meanwhile, 160 people were due to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court today to face charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, after a gathering to highlight service-delivery problems at the settlement led to a metro police vehicle being torched.

Dlamini said police were monitoring the situation this morning.

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