Thembelihle residents block roads

2011-09-09 11:03
Police fired rubber bullets at protesting Thembilihle residents in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, today.

“They were blocking the K43 with burning tyres and throwing stones at the police,” said Captain Mbulaheni Netshivhodza.

He said police had asked the crowd to disperse, but they persisted in throwing stones at them.

The police fired rubber bullets to bring the situation under control and the protesters then “retreated” into the informal settlement. “Things are under control again now and we are monitoring the situation,” Netshivhodza said.

No arrests had been made, and no serious injuries were reported.

Service delivery protests began in Thembelihle on Monday. About 500 residents demonstrated by barricading Klipspruit Valley Road with stones and burning tyres until Wednesday morning.

Residents also set fire to three load centres, causing damage of R1.5 million and depriving most of Lenasia extensions 9 to 11 of power from Monday night to 3am on Wednesday.