Protests around Gauteng quiet

2012-03-21 09:39

Protesting residents of Sharpeville, in southern Gauteng, have calmed down.

Residents were burning tyres and marching yesterday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the apartheid security police in 1960.

The situation in Sharpeville was quiet and there were no reports of violence, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

In Kya Sands informal settlement about 150 residents had been protesting over service delivery issues since 5am today.

“We have not yet received any reports of violence and police are still monitoring these areas,” Dlamini said.

Constable Ntshidiseng Phakoe said protests in Ratanda, Heidelberg, had quietened down last night.

“Everything is quiet and calm in Ratanda as no one was reported to be protesting.”

The Ratanda protesters torched the houses of councillors, the community hall and a municipal office on Monday in the wake of the protest.

A group of 48 Ratanda protesters were arrested for public violence earlier this week.

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