Durban Deep: 20 arrested

Police arrested 20 demonstrators in Durban Deep after a violent protest over housing this morning.

Police arrested 20 demonstrators in Durban Deep after a violent protest over housing this morning. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators after this morning's deadly housing protest in Durban Deep on the West Rand.

A protester died after being shot during the demonstration over housing. But it is not yet clear who pulled the trigger.

Police fired what they described as a 'scare bomb' toward protesters, who then fled the scene a short while ago.

Residents had blockaded the main road with burning tyres and rubble, protesting over a lack of housing and the demolition of their properties by a private developer who owns the land on which their houses are built.

A community leader, who spoke to Eyewitness News from the back of a police van, claims he is innocent.

"I've been arrested for standing for the rights of the people. I will go to prison for that."

Police have begun mop-up operations in the area and are clearing the roads littered with rocks and burning tyres.

Once the debris has been cleared, police will open the main road to traffic.

Pictures: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.