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3 killed in KwaDukuza unrest

Jun 07,2011,5:50:00 PM

SABC

A huge police contingent has been deployed to areas near KwaDukuza, north of Durban following violent clashes between residents and police. Three people were allegedly killed by police today, while 50 people were injured and a further 150 arrested.

The violence began yesterday with the residents protesting over taxi fare hikes. Police were called in and over 150 residents were arrested after being dispersed with bullets and teargas.

Today the tense standoff between the police and residents continued. Police allegedly used force to clamp down on the protesters. Three people were killed when police allegedly fired live ammunition. Residents have accused the police of brutality and blame them for the deaths. One of the victims, 19 year-old Nhlanhla Ngcobo, died of his injuries in hospital this afternoon.

Local leaders say they have had their hands full and have called for calm.

Angry residents petrol-bombed the house of a policeman, causing serious damage and also set his car alight. A mass community meeting is expected tomorrow.

The Independent Complaints Directorate has been called in to investigate the killings. Additional police have been deployed to the volatile area.

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