Braamfischerville residents protest

Braamfischerville residents have taken to the streets to voice their anger over poor service delivery.

File Picture: Service delivery protests. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Around 800 residents are blocking Unity Road in Braamfischerville, Soweto in a service delivery protest.

The residents want, among other things, new roads and upgrades to schools.

They are demanding that the mayor come and address them.

The police's Kay Makhubela says there is a strong police presence in the area.

"We have metro police, SAPS members and the crowd control police."

South Africa has been marred by violent service delivery protests in recent months.

In January, scores of residents from Sasolburg were arrested after their protest turned violent.

They were demonstrating against a proposal to merge the Metsimaholo local municipality in Sasolburg with the Ngwathe municipality.

The protesters looted shops and burnt municipal property.

Four people were killed during the protests.

The government condemned the incident saying people have a right to protest but not to damage property.