Boksburg protest over - police

2014-02-25 08:56

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Johannesburg - A protest by residents of Comet informal settlement near Boksburg on the East Rand has stopped, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Tuesday.

"Calm has prevailed throughout the night," spokesperson Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said.

He said Rondebult Road between Main Road and Leeupoort Road was opened on Monday afternoon after mayoral committee member Mthuthuzeli Siboza addressed the residents.

"Since then the protest stopped but we will continue monitoring the area."

The intersection had been blocked off with burning tyres, rubble, rocks, and other objects from 02:00 on Monday until the afternoon.

One person was injured by a rock that was aimed at police, Mokheseng said.

"He sustained serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital."

About 1 000 residents took part in the protests.

The reason for the protest was not known.

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality spokesperson Zweli Dlamini was not immediately available for comment.

No one was arrested during the protest.

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