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KZN protests: One killed, four injured when they were run over at roadblock

One man was killed and four others injured when they were run over at a community roadblock in Dawncrest on Tuesday amid violent protests.

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One person was killed and four others injured after they were run over on Inanda road in Dawncrest on Tuesday during the violent protests in KwaZulu-Natal. 


Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram said members of RUSA were called out at approximately 12:56 to the scene by the community who were manning a roadblock to assist with recent mob attacks. 

“It was established that a white Honda BRV ran over two men. The driver stopped to assist when a mob began vandalising his vehicle. 

Balram said a second unknown car reportedly overtook and ran over three men from the mob. The second vehicle did not stop at the scene.

He furthermore said on arrival, one injured person was found in a bush. 

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“The man suffered life-threatening injuries and died at the scene. A second person was critically injured, while three other males sustained moderate injuries.”

Balram said the injured were transported privately to a hospital.

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Meanwhile, in Verulam an 18-year-old man was shot and killed while assisting the community at a roadblock in Trenance Park Drive. 

Balram said they received multiple calls from residents and the public at 14:59 requesting assistance for the young man. 

“On arrival, medics examined the young man and found that he sustained a single gunshot wound to his body.” 

Balram said the young man was declared deceased at the scene.

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Circumstances surrounding the murder have not been established yet.

It was earlier reported that at least 45 people have died in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng because of the protests, looting, and public violence that has gripped the regions since former President Jacob Zuma was imprisoned last week.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele, said 757 people – 304 in KZN and 453 in Gauteng – have been arrested, thus far, when speaking at the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster briefing on Tuesday.

“South Africa is a democratic state that is governed by the Constitution. As the President stated in his address to the nation last night, 12 July 2021 ‘our Constitution guarantees the right of every person to protest, to organise, and to engage in free expression and free association,” said Cele.

The looting of businesses and shops continued in several towns of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday evening. 

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Balram said in the last 48 hours RUSA has responded to 748 callouts related to protest action, looting, murder, arson, attempted murder, and malicious injury to property in the Durban and surrounding areas in Kwazulu-Natal.