police spokesman said one person has been killed in demonstrations that
have turned violent with live fire exchanged between police and
Leonard Hlathi, a police spokesman in the eastern
South African site of the protests, said Tuesday investigators were
trying to determine who killed the civilian. He said police responded
with rubber and live bullets when protesters fired on them in the
eastern town of Ermelo.
Such protests over lack of roads, schools,
running water and other basic services have become common in South
Africa, where the gap between rich and poor is among the largest in the
world. South Africa has an unemployment rate of almost 25 percent.