South Africa 27.2.2015 08:24 am

Man shot in Lenasia confrontation dies

Members of the JMPD and SAPS attempt to disperse protesting Thembelihle residents, 26 February 2015. Thembelihle residents took to the streets after a Lenasia man shot two protesters on Wednesday night who were threatening to burn electricity boxes in the suburb. The man was arrested. Twenty protesters were later arrested for public violence. Picture: Michel Bega

Members of the JMPD and SAPS attempt to disperse protesting Thembelihle residents, 26 February 2015. Thembelihle residents took to the streets after a Lenasia man shot two protesters on Wednesday night who were threatening to burn electricity boxes in the suburb. The man was arrested. Twenty protesters were later arrested for public violence. Picture: Michel Bega

A man that was shot during a confrontation between the Indian community in Lenasia and residents of Thembelihle died in hospital, Gauteng police said on Friday.

“We got the information that the man died in hospital. The situation is calm this morning,” Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

“Earlier this morning [Friday] there was a group of people who wanted to try and come back into the streets but did not when they saw the police. The police will remain in the area.”

On Thursday, a man was arrested after he allegedly shot and wounded two people during the confrontation.

At the time Makhubela said the Indian community confronted residents of Thembelihle after it was alleged they wanted to burn down electricity boxes in the area.


20 arrested in Lenasia (gallery)

Members of the JMPD and SAPS arrest protesting Thembelihle residents, 26 February 2015. Thembelihle residents took to the streets after a Lenasia man shot two protesters on Wednesday night who were threatening to burn electricity boxes in the suburb. The man was arrested. Twenty protesters were later arrested for public violence. Picture: Michel Bega

Members of the JMPD and SAPS arrest protesting Thembelihle residents, 26 February 2015. Thembelihle residents took to the streets after a Lenasia man shot two protesters on Wednesday night who were threatening to burn electricity boxes in the suburb. The man was arrested. Twenty protesters were later arrested for public violence. Picture: Michel Bega


“While the police were restoring order some residents from Thembelihle threw stones at the Lenasia residents,” he said.

“It is alleged the man took out a gun and fired at Thembelihle residents, injuring two people.”

Makhubela said the 47-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The man was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

On Thursday, Makhubela said Thembelihle residents had earlier held a meeting following their service delivery protest this week.

After the meeting they went to the road and stoned passing cars.

Later it was alleged they wanted to burn down electricity boxes in the area and that sparked the confrontation between them and residents of Lenasia.

 

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