One Child Killed, Another Wounded During Housing Protest

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According to reports, an 8-year-old boy was shot dead and a 12-year-old girl was wounded amid clashes between alleged housing protesters and law enforcement near Elsies River, in Cape Town on Monday.

Reports say that officers were inspecting houses authorised by the provincial Department of Human Settlement, close to the Epping Forest when shots were fired from the crowd.

The police’s Fredrick van Wyk confirmed the incident on Monday saying: “Crime scene experts are still in the area combing for clues. According to reports this morning, law enforcement officers were inspecting houses authorised for re-evaluation by the department in The Range, across Epping Forest. Shots were fired at law enforcement officers. Two children were struck by stray bullets.”