Service delivery protest in Tembisa

Over 1,000 Tembisa residents are participating in a service delivery protest in the area.

Protesters in Zamdela township in Sasolburg on 22 January 2013 had a stand off against the police. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A service delivery protest is underway in Tembisa.

Officials said more than 1,000 residents from the Winnie Mandela area are currently demonstrating.

EMPD's Kobedi Mokheseng said, "A group of people, claiming to be the residents of the area, barricaded entrances and exits while burning tyres. We advise motorists to use alternative routes."

Ekurhuleni Municipality spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said, "We are not clear at this stage as to what the protest is all about. But from what we understand from sources on the ground it is a service delivery protest."

Earlier this year, government warned protesters not to destroy municipal property

The country has been rocked by service delivery protests in recent months and most of them have been violent.

Earlier this year, Zamdela residents torched municipal property and looted shops during their demonstrations.

The government has since warned people not to break the law while protesting as they will be arrested.