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South Africa's Zuma hits out at 'trigger-happy' police

Published on Feb 8, 2014 10:26 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African President Jacob Zuma hit out at "trigger-happy" police in an interview published on Saturday, following the deaths of at least nine people since January at the hands of police cracking down on protests.

Public anger has mounted against the hard-handed police force in the run-up to a May 7 general election as Africa's largest economy faces a wave of protests over wages and shoddy public services.

"No I am not happy, I don't think anyone can be with trigger-happy police.

It's not good at all," Mr Zuma said in an interview with the Independent Newspapers Group.

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