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Zuma protests: One dead, police officers ‘wounded’ in Gauteng clashes

The senseless vandalism that has swept across parts of South Africa now comes with fatal consequences, after a victim was shot dead overnight.

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SAPS confirmed that one person has been shot dead, following a wave of rioting and looting across several South African provinces. The so-called ‘Zuma protests’ have been raging all weekend, turning deadly on Saturday night.

Zuma protests lead to fatal consequences

The victim is a 40-year-old male, who finally succumbed to his injuries while attending a local clinic. Police have been working overtime to break-up large gatherings, with crowds of violent protesters reaching up to 800 in some places:

“An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a 40-year old man who was certified dead at a local clinic. Meanwhile, the number of arrests in KZN has increased to 37 thus far. Police working closely with Metro Police have been able to disperse crowds and foil attempts to barricade roads.” | SAPS statement

Police officers shot down by violent rioters

SAPS officials have also had a rough ride in trying to restore law and order, in both KZN and Gauteng. The Alexandra township remains volatile on Sunday, after EIGHTEEN people were apprehended overnight. A large majority of them are wanted in connection with the shooting of three police officers – one of whom is in a critical condition in hospital.

“In Alexandra, police arrested 18 suspects – 16 of them for public violence also linked to the shooting of a police officer who was rushed to hospital for urgent medical attention. Two other police officers sustained minor injuries. The other two suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and malicious damage to property.”

“This came as police responded to information of a group of people from Alexandra who targeted and forced entry into businesses, and started looting. Local Metro Police Departments, have heightened visibility and remain on high alert in response to incidents of opportunistic criminality and violent protests.”