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protestANA reports that a man was shot dead and 21 people were arrested during a protest in Tlhabane near Rustenburg, North West police said on Wednesday.  

Police spokesperson Sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi said a 25-year-old man died after he was allegedly shot by security officers attempting to disperse a group of people who wanted to forcefully gain entry to a construction site.  The deceased was identified as Letlhogonolo Maimela of Phokeng by his cousin Obakeng Mathews, who was with him when he was shot and who said they were not part of the protest.  The protest was allegedly triggered by the failure of the project manager at the construction site for a new shopping mall to table a fair report to the community regarding hiring of workers and SMME (small, medium and micro-enterprises) development.  A group of Tlhabane residents went to the site to protest against the alleged irregular and unfair employment of casual workers and SMME development.  Previously on 2 August, residents had protested at the construction site demanding to be employed.

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