Fleeing protester dies after running into live wires

Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban - A protester who was running from rubber bullet fire and a haze of teargas has died in a stream after he became entangled in a web of illegal electricity connections.

The man, who has yet to identified, is understood to have been part of a group of shack dwellers who embarked on a violent service delivery protest on Monday.

Police search and rescue unit officers braved the live wires to pull his body to the riverbank.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that residents of the Quarry Road informal settlement in Asherville had taken to the streets in the early hours of Monday, blockading the roads.

"Two people were arrested for public violence," he said.

"A 40-year-old man died after he was electrocuted when he fled while Public Order Police were dispersing the crowd. Police will continue to monitor the situation," Naicker added.

Motorists were warned to steer clear of the M19 in the vicinity with some of the protesters hurling stones at cars.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said that paramedics had treated a group of six children for teargas inhalation.

"All of the children were stabilised by medics at the scene and treated with oxygen. All remain in a stable condition," Van Reened said.

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