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Mooiplaats: EFF members arrested

EFF members were arrested after they had reportedly become unruly during a protest at Mooiplaats.

Police arrested four members of Economic Freedom Fighters and opened fire with rubber bullets on demonstrators when they became unruly. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Tshwane Municipality has moved to ease tensions among residents of the Mooiplaats informal settlement by assuring them they will soon receive housing and services.

Tempers flared when the crowd were prevented from starting their planned march to the Union Buildings on Tuesday, apparently because there was no one available to accept their memorandum.

Police arrested four members of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and opened fire with rubber bullets on demonstrators when they became unruly.

The municipality has begun distributing pamphlets at the informal settlement informing residents of their impending relocation to Olievenhoutbos.

The city has promised to move residents to safe and permanent stands where they will eventually be provided with basic services and given land ownership through the issuing of title deeds

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says police were forced to disperse an angry crowd which had gathered there on Tuesday.

"The police had to intervene and fired rubber bullets when the protesters became violent. Four suspects were arrested."

Residents intend marching to the Union Buildings again on Thursday.