- The Pretoria CBD has been shut down by protests
- Rioters have looted stores and set buildings alight
- The riots were reportedly set off after a tax driver was killed after intervening in a drug deal involving foreign nationals
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Police and rioters have clashed in the Pretoria CBD.
The protests were reportedly sparked by the death of a taxi driver.
The driver was allegedly killed by foreign nationals in an incident involving a drug deal.
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The riots have since escalated, resulting in looting and damage to property, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Several roads were also closed off according to The South African, including Lilian Ngoyi Street and Struben Street, among others.
News24 has reported that police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at the rioters on Lilian Ngoyi Street after several building were set ablaze. There are also claims that taxi drivers hijacked several buses and used them to block off certain roads.
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Additionally, while details are still emerging, it has been alleged that a taxi driver tried to intervene in a drug deal involving foreigners. It is claimed that this altercation resulted in the taxi driver's death. However, there has not yet been official police confirmation of these claims.
Citizens and motorists have been urged to avoid the CBD until it has been confirmed that the violence is over.
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