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Tension still high in Evaton

The situation in Evaton near Vereeniging remained volatile on Thursday, following two nights of protests...

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The situation in Evaton near Vereeniging remained volatile on Thursday, following two nights of protests by angry residents.

Residents demonstrated over claims that a Bishop at the Rivers of Living Water church was practicing witchcraft.

Community members called for the closure of the church and repeatedly threatened burning the building down.

The community said the Bishop was bewitching them.

“He possessed children with demons. The children can’t sleep at night and are turning into snakes,” said one resident.

Another said, “He hasn't responded to what’s going on. He hasn't said anything."

A Nyala packed with policeman patrolled the dark and rock littered streets of Evaton on Wednesday night.

Gangs of youth took over the streets and restricted access by barricading roads.

On Tuesday night live rounds were fired during clashes with police and demonstrators.

At least one person was confirmed to have died during a shootout between police and protesters.

But, paramedics said five people were killed in the violence but police have only been able to confirm the death of 28-year-old Thabang Pitso.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)


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