The country is under a three-week nationwide lockdown

A policeman and security guard shot a man dead during the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, South African police are quoted as saying to Reuters news agency.

Police officers found men drinking in Vosloorus township, just south of Johannesburg, in defiance of the lockdown, police spokesman Sontaga Seisa said in a statement.

The police said that officers were attacked when they tried to arrest the men.

The policeman spokesman was quoted as saying that the policeman and a guard then followed one of the men to his house, where Sibusiso Amos was shot dead.

His aunt Nomayeza is quoted in The Soweten as saying that four grandchildren aged between five and 11 were also injured and were rushed to hospital.

The two suspects in the killing have been arrested, Reuters reports.