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Two people were wounded when police and informal residents clashed in Marlboro, during evictions on Wednesday morning, Joburg police said.
“Shots were fired during the chaotic incident that happened and two community members were injured,” spokeswoman Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.
“The Johannesburg metro police were confronted by community members with guns and they retaliated. Investigations would determine what exactly happened, who shot who, and if live ammunition was used.”
Tsinyane said police were investigating cases of public violence, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
“A metro police car was torched in the process… The situation is calm and police would continue to monitor the area until everything is cleared up,” she said.
“We are not sure about the condition of the injured, but know they were taken to a nearby hospital. Investigations into what happened continue.”
Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar earlier said that officers were removing shack dwellers along municipal land on Fifth Avenue.
“They were attacked and shot at. It was live ammunition that was used and a metro police car was torched,” said Minnaar.
Tsinyane said the police were called and the situation was under control. – Sapa