Protesters storm Relela police station, 2 dead

Police have confirmed two protesters were killed when residents stormed a police station.

Police have confirmed two protesters were killed in Relela outside Tzaneen when residents stormed a police station. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed that two protesters have been shot dead by officers in what appears to be a chaotic stand-off at the Relela police station outside Tzaneen.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says, "The members saw their lives were in danger. We believe this was actually a plot to kill them. We had to engage the crowd and unfortunately two people lost their lives."

Police say as many as 2,000 protesters attacked the police station.

At least 15 officers were also injured during Tuesday night's clashes outside the local police station, three of them in a critical condition.

Nineteen police vehicles were damaged and nine protesters arrested.

The satellite police station has apparently been completely destroyed.

It appears the recent murder of a woman in the area and the subsequent death of a teenage boy in a protest sparked the latest confrontation.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega is now en route to Limpopo.

The latest deaths bring to eight the number of people killed, allegedly at the hands of officers during violent protests this month.