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Cato Manor killing probed

A 17-year-old teen was killed after police opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Cato Manor.

Police tape. Picture: sxc.hu.

DURBAN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) will today continue its probe into the killing of a 17-year-old girl during a housing protest in Cato Manor on Monday.

The teenager died after officers allegedly fired into a crowd of about 500 people.

The crowd allegedly swarmed a police van with officers inside and tried to attack them.

Police claim the officers heard shots from the crowd and responded by opening fire into the group.

The police's Jay Naicker confirmed that authorities used live ammunition.

"In a situation where your life is threatened you will use live ammunition."

Last year, at least 30 police officers from the station were linked to the so-called 'Cato Manor death squad'.

They were accused of assaulting and murdering suspects instead of bringing them to book.

That unit was subsequently disbanded.