16 arrested in Zandspruit protest

2011-04-26 14:18

Sixteen people were arrested and rubber bullets fired during a protest in Zandspruit, north of Johannesburg this morning, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said the 16 were arrested for public violence. In the early morning police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi spoke to residents and arranged to meet with them on Sunday to discuss their concerns, Ndou said. He said the crowd dispersed after the speech, and denied reports by SABC news of renewed protest action.

“Early this morning there were protesters burning tyres and the road was closed, but for now things are quite quiet.”

Police were sent to Zandspruit at 3am, when residents blocked Beyers Naude drive near Honeydew, in protest against lack of housing and sanitation in the informal settlement.

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