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Man killed in Durban Deep protest

Police have confirmed the death of a protester in Durban Deep on the West Rand.

Durban Deep residents protest over housing in Roodepoort, in the Westrand on 23 January. 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police have confirmed a man has been killed during this morning's protest over housing in Roodepoort on the West Rand. 

Police say the man died in hospital.

It's still unclear who shot him and an investigation is underway.

Durban Deep residents have told Eyewitness News the man, who was demonstrating peacefully this morning, was shot by a police officer in an unmarked vehicle. 

But police say they cannot confirm this claim. 

It’s understood residents starting protesting against a private development company, which has won a court order to evict them from the former mining area. 

Durban Deep residents protest over housing in Roodepoort, in the Westrand on 23 January. 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

Durban Deep residents protest over housing in Roodepoort, in the West Rand on 23 January. 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

Residents also claim they were promised houses by the City of Johannesburg and that has not materialised.

Durban Deep residents protest over housing in Roodepoort, in the Westrand on 23 January. 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN. 

Residents are still blocking roads with burning tyres and wood as they sing and dance. 

Police are monitoring the protest. 

Durban Deep residents protest over housing in Roodepoort, in the Westrand on 23 January. 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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