Residents of the Princess informal settlement near Roodepoort protest on Albertina Sisulu Road (Formerly Main Reef Road).Residents are protesting a lack of housing and service delivery in the area. Picture: Wesley Fester 210114

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality on Wednesday will meet leaders of a protest currently under way in Etwatwa, on the East Rand.

“We are meeting at 4pm,” municipality spokesman Zweli Dlamini said.

He said it was unclear what the protest, which began on Wednesday morning, was about.

“(The protesters) could not articulate the reason for the protest. The group of protesters seems hell-bent to disrupt the peace of our residents and to cause malicious damage to properties with no intention of engaging with the metro.”

Earlier, municipal officials tried to speak to the leaders of the protest, but they could not be immediately identified.

Dlamini said the protesters became violent and disruptive when municipal officials and police approached them.

Sapa