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South Africa police fire rubber bullets at children

Rubber bullets were fired at the youths

South African police have opened fire with rubber bullets on schoolchildren demonstrating at the court appearance of a local rapper charged with murder.

Molemo Maarohanye, better known as Jub Jub, is accused of killing four school pupils during a car race.

Crowds of children gathered at the Soweto court and threw stones, brandished placards and reportedly threatened to kill the rapper.

Dozens of police moved in, making arrests and dispersing the pupils.

South African news agency Sapa reported that student leaders had to address the crowds to calm them down.

At one point, some children chanted that they would kill the rapper if they saw him leaving court.

Mr Maarohanye and his co-accused were in court for an ongoing bail hearing.

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