NEWSFLASH: Young man dies from protest injuries

A young man from Pretoria West died on Monday from injuries he suffered in a recent protest in Bremer Street.

Stephan Harris (28) was declared brain dead in Kalafong hospital around 11:30 and succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards, said Emergency service Best Care spokesperson Xander Loubser.

“Harris was assaulted in the Bremer Street settler camps almost two weeks ago and was rushed to Kalafong Hospital in a critical condition,” said Loubser.

“Harris showed improvement in the last week and was eventually taken off life support to breathe on his own.”

He said Harris had suffered blows to the head by what might have been a panga and bricks.

Dozens of disgruntled residents and around Bremer Street voiced anger on 27 January over the placement of temporary settlers from the Jeffsville informal settlement in Atteridgeville to municipal land in their area.

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The metro explained that the residents were moved because a sinkhole had developed in their own settlement, but the people of  Bremer Street said the presence of the newcomers would make crime in the area even worse.

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Bremer street became a no-go zone as cars were pelted with stones.

Police fired rubber bullets and used water cannons at some point in a bid to contain the protesters.

They only dispersed the next day.

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