230415. The situation has calm down following a service delivery protest that took place in Ennerdale, South of Johannesburg this morning where the residents burn tyres and blocked the road. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - Joburg Metro police fired rubber bullets at residents of Ennerdale who were burning tyres and sewerage pipes in James Street on Friday morning.

The residents are protesting about a piece of land which has allegedly been set aside for people who will be relocated from Protea South in nearby Soweto. The protest started late on Thursday night.

“We felt that this is unfair because we’ve got so many people here (who also need houses),” said Farouk Jardine, an executive of the Ennerdale Stakeholders Association.

“Why are they (the government) ignoring our people?”

A group of angry residents showed The Star their injuries where they had been shot with rubber bullets.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed that officers had fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

“They were burning tyres and throwing stones at passing cars,” he said.

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