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Cape Town - Security guards at the Newclare train station, near Westbury in Johannesburg, shot dead a man during a protest on Monday morning, police said.

“The protesters from Kathrada Park informal settlement were complaining about houses, when they came to the Newclare train station and started burning the offices and breaking windows,” said Warrant Officer Jerbes de Bruyn.

“The security of the railway station shot one of the protesters, who was killed.”

Police had yet to determine the man's age and name.

“The police escorted all the security off the premises to a safe place,” De Bruyn said.

“Police dispersed the protesters with rubber bullets, but now they are back again.”

The police would maintain a strong presence at the train station. - Sapa