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Update: 1 person shot dead as protest action flares up in Colenso

A protester was shot and later died in hospital after disgruntled Colenso residents went on the rampage, blocking the R74 and R103 with rocks last night (August 5).

Police officers who attempted to open the road were allegedly stoned and shot at.

Police vehicles were damaged.

While the officers were busy, another group threatened a security guard who was guarding a TLB along the R103. The protesters set the vehicle alight, completely destroying it.

Also read: Chaos erupts in Colenso, with protesters blocking roads and burning a truck and a tractor

Also read: Breaking News: Protest action in Ladysmith, municipal workers block off CBD

 According to police, the group went on to hijack a truck, which was looted of its load while they used the truck to close off the roadway.

When officers responded, they were allegedly met with gunfire and were forced to retaliate.

One person was treated for a gunshot wound at the scene and later died in hospital.

Colenso police are investigating an inquest, public violence and malicious damage to property.

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Saish Motheram
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