Protesters shot dead in North West

Two people have died after allegedly being shot by police during a service delivery protest.

The site of a service delivery protest in Mothutlung, North West, where two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police. 13 January 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two people have been shot dead and another two injured after police opened fire on residents during a service delivery protest in in Mothutlung, North West.

Angry residents blocked about 20 kilometres of road leading to the area with rubble and burning tyres.

They accused their councillor Solly Davids of incompetence, calling for him to step down.

Residents say they have been without water for the past three months and decided to protest as a means to address their grievance with the local municipality.

Police allegedly started shooting without provocation after residents crossed the municipal boundary to Madibeng where the municipal offices are located.

It's alleged the deceased were shot with live ammunition.

Two other protesters are believed to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Police have now cordoned off the scene and hundreds of demonstrators have moved to a nearby open field.