Sebokeng calms down after protests

2014-02-06 08:23
A protester flings a burning tyre through the air during unrest that erupted in Sebokeng. (Sapa)

A protester flings a burning tyre through the air during unrest that erupted in Sebokeng. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, was quiet on Thursday morning following violent protests, Gauteng police said.

"It is quiet this morning, the roads have been cleared and opened for traffic," said spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.

Sebokeng residents blocked roads with burning tyres, stones, and trees on Wednesday. Roads from Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging were closed due to the protest.

A protester was shot dead and another was wounded during the demonstrations. Five others were arrested for public violence.

An investigation into the protester's death has been launched, said Mofokeng.

Emfuleni municipality Mayor Greta Hlongwane tried to address residents on Wednesday, following a meeting between protest leaders and community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko.

But residents wanted Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane instead.

The municipality said the protests were related to a housing development in the area, which was the Gauteng housing department's responsibility.

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