“A man died after he was hit by a rubber bullet during clashes between police and striking farm workers demanding higher wages in one of South Africa’s main grape-growing regions, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old was the third person to die in a series of protests by workers in rural areas around Cape Town – the latest outburst of labor unrest to hit Africa’s largest economy.
The man was hit as police confronted stone-throwing protesters in the town of De Doorns on Monday as a walk-out by thousands of farm workers entered its second week.
He died later that day in hospital and an independent police watchdog was now looking into the matter, said police spokesman F.C. van Wyk.
Two protesters were killed in similar circumstances in November.