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Boy (16) shot dead in Mpumalanga protest

A teenager was among protesters marching to Lekwa Local Municipality, accusing it of corruption that is delaying the service delivery in the area.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are trying to determine exactly what happened after a 16-year-old boy was shot dead and another youth wounded during a violent protest in Standerton, Mpumalanga.

It’s alleged the police used live ammunition during a service delivery protest to disperse residents.

A teenager was among protesters marching to Lekwa Local Municipality, accusing it of corruption that is delaying the service delivery in the area.

Roads have been barricaded with stones, debris and burning tyres as residents clash with the police.
Community leader Zweli Sibeko says the boy was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.

“The police are the ones who started shooting at us and we ran for our lives. Then a cop shot at one boy on the head. He was taken away to hospital. Then we saw another boy lying down.”

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