Four Killed in Protests Over South African Energy Costs

South African police officials said four people died in a protest Monday over high energy costs.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson Kelebogile Thepa said the casualties were “hypothetically” tied to the demonstration. She said the deaths of two victims were allegedly linked to the police.

Protesters blocked the roads in the township of Tembisa to protest against high electricity prices. Reports said the protesters also burned a public building.

Thepa said the protest disturbed the region’s essential services, blocking the road to medical facilities.

“Having to access the public roads is a mission impossible,” Thepa said.

Thepa said the police had initiated an investigation on the death of four people.

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