Man dies in Bekkersdal violence - police

2013-10-24 09:56

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Johannesburg - Police confirmed on Thursday that a young man died in Bekkersdal during violent protests and clashes there on Wednesday.

No arrests had been made but a witness claimed to have seen four men in a car at the time of the shooting, the police’s Constable Elsie Tshonte told News24.

Themba Khumalo, 20, was shot three times at his best friend’s home, Eyewitness News tweeted.

Khumalo and his friend had apparently clashed with supporters of a local ward councillor who residents want fired, EWN tweeted.

Over 1 000 people took part in service delivery protests in Bekkersdal on Wednesday.

No violent incidents were reported overnight in the area, west of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Thursday morning.

"It was quiet and no activities or any gatherings were reported," said Constable Elsie Tshonte.

Foreign shop owner arrested

A foreign shop owner was arrested on Wednesday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Residents told the police the man had a gun with which he had shot another man in the knee, said Tshonte.

"Police officers searched the shop and found the gun."

Police were investigating an attempted murder case.

Earlier, protesters had gathered near the local taxi rank and burnt tyres.

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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