2 protesters gunned down in Caledon area

The police scuffled with demonstrators on Thursday morning in the Caledon area in the Western Cape. As a result, two protesters were shot dead by the police officers.

Another source said that the two protesters died during a stampede after police had started firing rubber bullets.

“The police fired live rounds at the protesters, and that the two deceased protesters were killed during a stampede that followed,” an eyewitness said.

The Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirmed the death of the two protesters.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigators were called to the scene after the fatal shooting had happened. They are to look into the circumstances of the incident.

“Once we have interviewed witnesses, we’ll be able to determine what happened,” IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said. 

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