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1 dead, several injured after EC community's clash with police

The Bizana community clashed with police trying to stop them from looting an overturned truck.

FILE: A community in the Eastern Cape clashed with police trying to stop them from looting an overturned truck. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say one person has died and several others seriously injured after a community near Bizana in the Eastern Cape clashed with police trying to stop them from looting an overturned truck.

It's understood community members surrounded the truck which was carrying rice and other food shortly after it overturned earlier today.

Officials say residents became agitated when a bakkie arrived to collect the goods.

Police say officers opened fire with rubber bullets after residents started hurling rocks at them and threatened to kill the owner of the truck.

Bu an African National Congress ward councillor in the area says the police's report is incorrect.

"They say they used rubber bullets but I suspect real ammunition was used."