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De Doorns man killed by rubber bullet

A 24-year-old has lost his life after being hit by a rubber bullet in De Doorns.

Rubber bullets which were allegedly used by police on striking De Doorns farmworkers on 9 January 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death of a De Doorns man after he was hit by a rubber bullet in the area on Monday.

The Western Cape Health Department says the 24-year-old died after he was transferred to Tygerberg from Worcester Hospital on Monday.

The department's spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto says, "The patient suffered a rubber bullet injury to the head. He was stabilised and transferred to Tygerberg Hospital where he later passed away. Since the start of the protest action we have seen 13 patients, 12 have been treated and discharged."

De Doorns has been the epicentre of violence related to the farmworkers strike.

While authorities could not confirm whether his death was related to the strike, unionist Nosey Pieterse said he met with the deceased's family.

"He was shot in one of the spaza shops."

Western Cape farmworkers have been demanding a daily salary of R150.

Several protesters have been arrested for public violence.