Soweto protest turns violent

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Vilakazi Street in Soweto where former president Nelson Mandela used to live. The street is now a major tourist destination. Picture: Lenyaro Sello/eNCA.

SOWETO - A protest in Orlando West, Soweto, has turned violent.

Johannesburg Metro Police opened fire on protesters, among them pensioners.

JMPD spokesman Edna Mamonyane said the protests started early on Wednesday morning with protesters blockading Klipvalley Road.

"Vilakazi Street was closed so that all the protesters could get to Uncle Tom&39;s Hall where officials from Eskom wanted to address them," said Mamonyane.

She said the protesters left and started getting violent, attacking police officers.

"Rubber bullets had to be used. The situation is very very tense as we speak," said Mamonyane.

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