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[Source:  http://news.sky.com/story/1194450/south-africa-water-protesters-shot-by-police]

Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.

The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.”He did not offer further details.

The town lies roughly 50 miles (80km) north of Johannesburg and near the nation’s platinum belt, which has been the site violent unrest over poor public services and labour conditions in South Africa’s largest economy.

In August 2012 police shot and killed 34 striking platinum miners in the town of Marikana.

The latest protest comes some four months ahead of general elections which are widely considered a key test for President Jacob Zuma’s government.

According to a survey published over the weekend Zuma’s ruling African National Congress has seen a decline in popularity due, in part, to utility concerns.

 

 

 

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