UPDATED: Police, demonstrators clash in Eldorado Park housing protest

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08 May 2017 - Residents in Eldorado Park are demonstrating against inadequate housing in the area. They've blocked roads and hurled rocks at police.

SOWETO - Protests intensified throughout the day in Eldorado Park, where residents are demanding adequate housing and employment.

They blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres since early this morning when the Golden Highway was blocked off.

READ: Golden Highway closed following Eldorado Park protest

Police retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas when protesters hurled rocks, smashing the windows of police vehicles, and striking some journalists too.

A massive law enforcement contingent was brought in, which included members of the SAPS, the JMPD, Public Order Policing and the K9 Unit.

Residents say they were demonstrating peacefully when police responded by firing rubber bullets, but eye-witness accounts suggest otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An uneasy calm has settled as night has fallen, but the community is still suggesting there'll be rampant crime overnight.

Their anger includes issues of general service delivery, where they claim the local government has over-promised yet under-delivered.

They're calling for Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to address them, and rejected the presence of Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, saying she's not an MEC for Human Settlements or Housing.

 

Nkosi-Malobane was whisked away shortly after.

She took to a helicopter to survey the scene and commented that people on the street were just looking to take advantage of the situation; that there was clearly a criminal element at play.

 

Shortly thereafter, shops were looted and ATM's smashed. Wheelie bins full of food were seen being wheeled away from Shoprite. 

 

 

The police minister has condemned the violence.