Thembelihle residents to meet officials after riotous protest

Residents of Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg, are to meet officials over their housing and water grievances after a protest in the morning, Gauteng police said on Monday.

“The situation is calm at this stage and they are waiting to be addressed by Gauteng housing officials at a nearby taxi rank at 5pm,” Captain Hector Netshivhodza said.

About 500 people blocked Klipspruit Valley Road with burning tyres from 3am in a protest over poor service delivery.

Police fired rubber bullets at residents who threw stones at them and property, damaging three cars and a traffic light.

Police were investigating reports of an 11-year-old boy being hit in the face by a rubber bullet.

Eyewitness News posted a photo of the boy on a twitter feed, with a bloody wound on his right cheek.

Netshivhodza said the boy’s mother told police he had been playing in the yard when he was hit by a bullet. He was sent to Lenmed Clinic along with a police officer.

Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said the officer was hit on the leg by a rock and suffered a sprain. Twenty people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property. — Sapa

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Smiso Nkwanyana: Remembering a student leader and activist

He died 19 years ago but his influence on shaping the political landscape of KwaZulu-Natal lives on

Seven leadership laws for business success

Here are seven expert tips to help you become a better leader by investing time and energy into a healthy work culture

Sanbi projects help rural women manage the impacts of climate...

Empowering women and girls to be equal players and climate change decision-makers is critical

R36-billion: The economic cost of gender-based violence

A new report delves into the view that the private sector is key to combatting violence against women and recommends that companies should include their efforts in corporate reports
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×