Cape Town 31-03-04 Protestors burnt tyres in Elsies river protesting against a mans house who was taken down . They threw rocks at police who retaliated by shooting rubber bulletts , tear gas , stun grenades and a water canon was used to disperse the crowd Pic BRENTON geach

Johannesburg - Police fired rubber bullets at a group of protesters in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg following an attempted land grab in the area on Saturday.

The group started throwing stones at police who were patrolling the area on foot, said spokesman Daniel Mavimbela.

“A four-year-old boy is receiving medical treatment for an injury he sustained on the upper body. The cause thereof is being investigated.”

Earlier, police said a group of about hundred people attempted to occupy vacant land in the area.

Some members of the group barricaded Ingwenyama Road with tyres and other objects.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with public violence. He is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court soon.

Sapa