Boiketlong protesters block roads

Johannesburg - Residents of Boiketlong, Sebokeng, formed a human chain in an attempt to stop police from entering the informal settlement on Friday.

More than 50 police officers in Nyala armoured vehicles tried to enter the area. One police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said they wanted to escort mayor Simon Mofokeng to address residents.

Police arrest a protester minutes after residents had been dispersed with rubber bullets during a service delivery protest. Pictures: Phill Magakoe. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Residents started singing “siya shaya” (we beat you up). Locals took to the streets on Wednesday demanding decent housing. One person was shot and killed during the protests.