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One person has been confirmed dead after South African police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse students at the University of Witwatersrand, who are demanding changes to the registration and financial aid policies.

Although it’s unclear if it was a student or passer-by.

The students, in Johannesburg, have been protesting since Monday, blocking roads and causing general disruption over alleged financial exclusion by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said it was looking into the incident.

“The Directorate has dispatched four investigation officers to probe the allegations, the team will also cordon the crime scene and conduct the investigation including locating the person with the video footage, identify eyewitnesses, etc, IPID will ensure the body is protected and carried safe to the mortuary,” it said in a statement.

As South Africans are currently on day five of a 21-day nationwide lockdown that was imposed last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19. South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Monday evening, launched a mass screening program for coronavirus.

He stated that 10,000 field workers would be visiting homes to screen people, and those found with symptoms would be quarantined either in their homes or in hospital

The president stated that the program was a new phase in the fight against the spread of the virus.

The government is also said to be  developing a technology that will help in tracking down all people who may have contacted people infected with the virus.

South Africa has recorded 1,326 cases of Covid-19 and three deaths so far.