Steven Tau
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20 Aug 2014
10:55 am

Calm settles on Daveyton – for now

Steven Tau

The violence-stricken area of Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg is calm - at least for now.

A protestor with a machete after they blockaded the road to the Daveyton mall during a protest on Eiselen road in Daveyton, Gauteng by residents that are demanding land and RDP houses. Picture: Neil McCartney

This as disgruntled community members are currently having a meeting with government leaders.

Angry residents went on the rampage early this week in an attempt to occupy a vacant piece of land, but they were unable to do so as law enforcers intervened.

More protest continued on Tuesday night, with protesters looting tuckshops belonging to foreign nationals.

Speaking to The Citizen, spokesman for the Ekurhuleni metro police Vusi Mabanga said six people were arrested and were expected to appear in court soon.

He said while roads that were barricaded which included Eiselen, Dungeni and Gumede, have been reopened to traffic, there is still rubble and rocks visible.

“We urge motorists to exercise extra caution when driving on those roads,” he added.