Three armed people were shot and killed in a shooting with police near a voting station in Plessislaer, KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday night.
THE SHOOTING HAPPENED NEAR THE VOTING STATION IN PLESSISLAER
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Grace Langa said an investigation is currently underway.
She said police officers were busy with patrols at the votings stations when they noticed a vehicle under the tree next to a voting station with no number plates.
As the police got closer, the suspects’ vehicle sped off and the police gave chase.
“The vehicle suddenly stopped, and three people with firearms jumped out and shot at police officers. The officers returned fire, fatally wounded two of the suspects.”
She said the third suspect kept on firing at police officers while he was running.
“After the shooting stopped, members searched and found the third suspect in the field also fatally wounded. Two firearms have been recovered so far.”
Earlier on Monday, police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowd of people who were blocking the entrance of a voting station on Monday at Mistake Farm in KwaZulu-Natal.
Langa said police were escorting members of IEC to open the polling station.
“People were blocking the entrance and didn’t want to disperse. Port Shepstone POP reports the use of rubber bullets at Mistake Farm polling station.”
She said no injuries were reported.
“We will be investigating discharge of firearms, and more details into why was IEC officials refused entry will be known once we start with our investigations.”
Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, a classroom was reportedly set alight in Mkhambathini municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.
The IEC has said in KwaZulu-Natal, 20 voting stations did not open on time because of community protests on Monday.