Police say more than 1000 angry residents took to the streets calling for the release of their community leader, Gcobani Ndzongana, who was arrested after he was accused of incitement and malicious damage to property.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said police remained on high alert as the area was on a knife-edge last night.
“Five people aged between 23 and 38 were arrested for public violence. Over 1000 protesters blocked the road and set tyres alight. Two members of the SAPS were injured during the incident, and one protester was taken to hospital with injuries.
“We can confirm that action was taken to disperse the riotous crowd. No reports of damages have been reported. We appeal to those participating in the protest to do so within the ambit of the law,” Van Wyk said.