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 - A group of people attempted to occupy vacant land in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg on Saturday, Gauteng police said.

“Police are monitoring the situation after a group of about hundred people attempted to illegally occupy a land in Diepsloot East,” said spokesman Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela.

“Although there is tension in the area, the situation has been stabilised.”

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

“As a precautionary measure, the police have advised shop owners to close their businesses until the situation is completely normal.”

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