Fourth person dies after water protests

Johannesburg - A fourth person has died following violent clashes near Brits over access to water, Jacarandafm News reported on Monday.

Damonsville community leader Paul Hendricks said the man died early on Monday.

Residents of Mothutlung, outside Brits, burnt tyres and barricaded roads after a fatal protest demanding water. File photo: Dumisani Sibeko. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“He was shot in the head with live ammunition and taken to Ga-Rankuwa hospital where the bullet was removed,” he was quoted as saying.

The man was in a coma and later died.

According to SABC radio news, the 36-year-old man spent seven days in the intensive care unit of hospital. He was injured during clashes last week. His family confirmed the death.

SABC also reported that he had died, quoting his brother.

Three others who were killed during the service delivery protest in Mothutlung were buried at the weekend.

Two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police.

Another man died after falling out of a moving police vehicle in a bid to escape, according to police. - Sapa