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Man shot during Zandspruit protests

Police remain on high alert in Zandspruit following chaotic service delivery protests.

Demonstrators set fire to rubble on the street passing Zandspruit. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – A Zandspruit man was shot and wounded during a scuffle between protesters and foreign nationals, Gauteng police confirmed on Thursday.

Police said the man was shot on Wednesday while protesters were looting a shop owned by Somali nationals.

Hundreds of residents took to the streets to demonstrate against poor service delivery in the area.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said one of the owners allegedly fired shots at the group, wounding a man.

He was rushed to the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg.

Community leader Peter Malla told Eyewitness News several properties were damaged overnight.

Other foreign-owned shops were looted and set alight.

A car was also burnt after a gas explosion at a shop on Thursday.

Eight people were arrested for being in possession of stolen goods.

Police are maintaining a strong presence in the area.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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