Violent protest erupts in Joe Slovo over demolition of shacks



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Police said residents in the area near Eldorado Park are protesting the demolition of their shacks on Saturday.

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JOHANNESBURG – A violent protest erupted in the informal settlement of Joe Slovo, south of Johannesburg, with angry residents trying to shut down the N12 and stoned passing vehicles.

Police said residents in the area next to Eldorado Park were protesting the demolition of their shacks on Saturday.

Police were on the scene keeping protesters away from the road.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has warned drivers to avoid the N12 as violent protest is under way.

JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the protest was violent and that some cars were stoned.

"There are violent protests along the N12 between Lenasia and Eldorado Park. The police had to break up illegal shacks. "

Subway police in Johannesburg said nine people were arrested during a violent protest in informal settlement Joe Slovo.

"Demonstrators began throwing stones at passing vehicles. Nine people have been arrested and will be indicted at the Eldorado Park police station, "said Minnaar.

Police were in the area trying to stop protesters from stopping traffic.

Minnaar said some of the protest leaders were arrested.

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At the same time, Gauteng police said they would maintain visibility at protest sites in the province.

There were demonstrations throughout Gauteng, with villagers damaging properties and blocking roads in their respective counties.

Most of the protests were due to lack of services.

They started in Alexandra accelerating to the West Rand and East Rand, Vaal and Tshwane as well as Soweto.

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SAPS spokesman Captain Kay Makhubela said it was a quiet weekend so far.

"The situation around Gauteng is quiet and there are no reported protests, but the police are all over the province patrolling and making sure the roads are safe."

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