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High police presence in Denver after residents torch vehicles

Officials are keeping a watchful eye as residents near the George Goch hostel protest.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - There's a high police presence near the George Goch hostel near Denver informal settlement, south of Johannesburg, where residents have set alight two vehicles during early morning protests.

Residents are protesting over the incorporation of the hostels into a different ward, ahead of the local government elections.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Angry protesters have blockaded Main Reef Road and other roads with rocks and burning tyres.

Residents attend protesting at around 3am this morning and torched a vehicle and a truck.

They are angry because they were not consulted about the hostels’ demarcation.

Earlier, police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.  

Motorists who tried to enter the area have been diverted by officers for their own safety.

Dozens of officers have been deployed to the area.

WATCH: Violence and disruption in Johannesburg inner city hostels

Pictures by Vumani Mkhize/EWN. 

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)


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