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A soldier is scheduled to appear in court in South Africa on Friday to face an attempted murder charge, local media report.

It relates to the shooting and wounding of a man during an argument over the wearing of a face mask, in the north-eastern town of Mogwadi.

The 27-year-old victim was admitted to hospital, police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo is quoted by Motlafela Mojapelo is quoted by public broadcaster SABC as saying.

The soldier was reportedly part of a group monitoring compliance to Covid-19 safety protocols in the town.

South African National Defence Force spokesperson, Jaco Theunissen, told the News 24 website that members of the public had attempted to grab the soldier’s rifle when a shot went off, wounding the victim

— bbc news