East Rand protest: Situation remains tense

Residents of Gugulethu township torched a building belonging to the CPF and Transnet.

Residents of Gugulethu torched a building belonging to the CPF and Transnet. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the nation prepares to go to the polls in just under 24 hours, anger is mounting in Gugulethu on the East Rand over the lack of service delivery.

Angry residents of the informal settlement torched a building belonging to the Community Policing Forum and Transnet.

Yesterday, residents engaged in running battles with police, pelting stones and hurling insults at journalists and municipal officials.

Angry residents of the Gugulethu informal settlement on the East Rand during a violent protest in the area on 5 May 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

More than 40 people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property.

The main road from Delmas in the east of Gugulethu to Springs has been partially opened to traffic this morning, following a day long service delivery protest there yesterday.

Picture: EWN.

A polling station was also torched as residents continued to make the area ungovernable and inaccessible to Independent Electoral Commission officials.

More arrests are believed to have been made overnight as police keep struggle to maintain order ahead of the elections.