Rubber bullet kills De Doorns protester

Cape Town - One person has died after a week of violent protests in De Doorns in the Western Cape, the Daily Maverick reported on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old man reportedly died as a result of rubber bullet injuries.

Cape Winelands department of health communications officer Joanne Otto confirmed to the Daily Maverick that the man died late on Monday evening.

A farmworker who witnessed the incident, Monwabisi Kondile, told SABC News:  "At about 15:30 yesterday [Monday], the police started shooting, taking us out of our houses. This guy ran out of his house, they shot him in the head and he later died in hospital."

The deceased's guardian, Alice Moya, described him as hardworking and said the incident is very sad. "Police just started shooting and we don't know why they were shooting."

Farmworkers and residents in the Western Cape have brought parts of the area to a standstill while demanding higher wages.

Police arrested 16 people for public violence in De Doorns on Monday, nine in Wolseley, 12 in Villiersdorp, and two in Ladysmith.

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