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Shotgun rounds 'not live ammo', says South Africa police minister

Published on Jan 24, 2014 10:45 PM

PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa's police minister on Friday argued that shotgun rounds are not live ammunition, as he answered questions about how five protesters died in separate clashes with police within two weeks.

Last week, four people were killed in a police crackdown on protests over poor water delivery in Mothutlung, a town west of Pretoria.

Three people died after officers said they fired into the crowd, while another was allegedly pushed from a moving police van.

"There was no live ammunition used," Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Pretoria, the country's administrative capital.

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