Violent protests underway in East Rand

Community members claim one person has been shot dead but police are yet to confirm this.

FILE: Community members claim one person has been shot dead but police are yet to confirm this.

JOHANNESBURG - Less than 48 hours before the country goes to the polls police have arrested five people for public violence during a service delivery protest in the Gugulethu informal settlement in the East Rand.

Community members claim one person has been shot dead but police are yet to confirm this.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said residents in the area are burning tyres and have been demonstrating since the early hours of the morning.

"Police have fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the crowd."

The local Community Policing Forum's Cameron Sedike said the situation was tense.

"At the moment it's tense as they are burning tyres and throwing stones. The protest is about service delivery and they said they will not vote and no government official came to address them."

Two weeks ago a man, three women, a mother and her baby were shot dead at a local railway crossing.

The community asked for soldiers to be deployed to the area fearing for their safety.