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Kempton Park under heavy police presence

Police clashed with angry residents who claimed that a man was beaten up and suffocated by officers.

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JOHANNESBURG – Police are monitoring the streets of Kempton Park after they clashed with angry residents who claimed that a man had been beaten up and suffocated by officers. 

Police fired rubber bullets and threw stun grenades at angry residents earlier today who charged at them. 

The crowd said this is the same police brutality that has happened before.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is now investigating the incident. 

WATCH: Alleged police brutality leads to the death of suspected drug dealer JHB.  


Residents have dispersed from the area but police are monitoring the situation after they had to use stun grenades and rubber bullets against residents who threw stones and glass bottles. 

Paramedics say they have treated scores of people injured in the clash with one officer sustaining an injury to the head when he was hit by a brick. 
Before the clash Nigerian consulate official Mathew Okafor tried to calm the situation. 

“We are not going to jump to conclusions because we want the police to do their job. It’s alleged that the Nigerian had drugs on him that he ingested.” 

Residents became angry when Okafor appealed to them to allow the forensics team to do their jobs and investigate the death saying the man suffocated when he swallowed drugs.

Shops along the Main Street have reopened.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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