Police monitor Tembisa residents protest

2014-08-29 08:24

Residents of Sophiatown informal settlement in Tembisa, east of Joburg, protested and barricaded roads this morning.

“Birch Acres is a no-go area this morning. The whole area has been barricaded and one cannot leave or enter the place,” said Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Chief-Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

“Members of the South African Police Service and metro police officers are at the scene.”

He said the protesters from Sophiatown, next to Birch Acres, started burning tyres and placing rocks on the roads at around 3am.

The surrounding Andrew Mapheto and Isimuku streets have been closed, Kgasago said.

It was not yet known why the residents were protesting.

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