Police fired rubber bullets at a group of protesting residents who had blocked off Beyers Naude drive near Honeydew. Residents of Zandspruit informal settlement blocked the busy road, in a protest related to service delivery. The protest started shortly before 6am and the residents threw stones and burning tyres on Beyers Naude drive and Peter road. Photo: Steve Lawrence, The Star
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of protesting residents who had blocked off Beyers Naude drive near Honeydew. Residents of Zandspruit informal settlement blocked the busy road, in a protest related to service delivery. The protest started shortly before 6am and the residents threw stones and burning tyres on Beyers Naude drive and Peter road. Photo: Steve Lawrence, The Star

All calm on the Zandspruit front

By Time of article published Apr 27, 2011

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Johannesburg - Police were monitoring the Zandspruit informal settlement, northwest of Johannesburg, on Freedom Day following violent service delivery protests, Gauteng police said.

“Everything is quiet for now and we are confident it will stay like this until Sunday,” said Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou.

Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi had promised to meet with residents on Sunday and discuss their concerns.

The disgruntled community was protesting against the lack of housing and sanitation in the Honeydew settlement.

Police were on Wednesday monitoring the area after violence erupted.

On Tuesday, 16 people were arrested for public violence after they had burnt tyres and blockaded roads.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Ndou said they were expected to appear in court on Thursday. - Sapa

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