Violence intensifies in Sebokeng

Police fired rubber bullets and teargas at a crowd protesting over housing and service delivery.

Protesters in Sebokeng burning tyres and blocking main roads. Picture via twitter @r_rikhotso.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a violent crowd protesting in Sebokeng over housing service delivery.

Protesters in Sebokeng burning tyres and blocking main roads. Picture via twitter @r_rikhotso.

Sebokeng is the same area where a man was shot dead on Wednesday morning during violent protests.

One of two people shot during a violent service delivery protest in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, on 5 February 2014. Picture: Supplied.

Many roads in the area are blocked again as residents demand RDP houses, which they say were promised to them by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

A poster advertising the voter registration drive is set alight by angry residents of Bronkhorstspruit during service delivery protests on 5 February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says, "We're monitoring the situation. We're pleading with the community not to be violent and to use the avenues that are being provided to resolve matters of concern."

Police block a road during a violent service delivery protest in Sebokeng on 5 February 2014. Picture: Zikhona Miso/EWN.

MOKONYANE CONDEMNS VIOLENT PROTESTS

Mokonyane has condemned the violent protests, but says destroying essential public facilities is unacceptable.

Residents in Zithobele, Rethabiseng and Ekangala near Bronkhorstspruit, have torched a clinic, library and a satellite police station, as they plead with government to lower rising water and electricity tariffs.

Mokonyane has urged residents to use the correct platforms to express their grievances.

The Rethabiseng Clinic was set on fire by angry residents on 5 February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

'PROTESTERS ARE DESTROYING THEMSELVES'

President Jacob Zuma's office says residents can't keep destroying government property and facilities.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj says protesters are destroying themselves.

"They would have to get those same facilities again and the cost in fixing that is going to be taken from the same facilities that need to provide amenities for all people."

Maharaj has appealed for calm and co-operation from all communities.

The Rethabiseng Clinic was set on fire by angry residents on 5 February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

#Sebokeng more teargas and rubber bullets! pic.twitter.com/omUWakuZu6

How do reports of running battles with police and burning tyres explain to readers the daily stripping of dignity they endure? #Sebokeng

Two protesters have been shot in Sebokeng. Not sure whether they were shot by fellow protesters or police pic.twitter.com/OZJ8vDx0PO

During the midst of the night people closed the main roads of Sebokeng with trees, rocks and debris. Dintsang? #Sebokeng