Hundreds of officers deployed to Gugulethu

The dog unit, flying squad and tactical response teams are patrolling the volatile East Rand township.

Angry residents of the Gugulethu informal settlement on the East Rand during violent service delivery protests on 5 May. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of police officers have been deployed to the volatile Gugulethu informal settlement on Gauteng's East Rand.

The area has been the scene of violent clashes between residents and police over the past 24 hours.

Earlier on Tuesday, residents clashed with municipal officials who arrived to address service delivery grievances.

The scuffle was broken up by police.

More than 40 people have been arrested for public violence in settlement since protests broke out on Monday morning.

Police had to intervene twice as locals clashed with officials from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

Mayoral committee member Mthuthuzeli Siboza was booed when he attempted to speak to residents.

The community says it won't let municipal officials talk until arrested residents are released.

But Siboza says this is outside their jurisdiction.

"It is a matter between the police and the courts. The last option we are giving [the community] is that we will give them a written report."

Members of the police's dog unit, flying squad and tactical response team have been patrolling the area ahead of tomorrow's election s.

Residents have declared Gugulethu a no-go area for Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials.

The municipality has vowed to take swift action against anyone who disrupts voting in the area.

Siboza says elections will go ahead.

"Nobody will be allowed to stop anyone from voting. Those who don't want to vote can exercise their right to not vote, but they can't stop others from voting."

Disgruntled community members torched an IEC tent, and a building belonging to Transnet and the Community Policing Forum on Monday.

Last month, five people were murdered in the area, including a seven-month-old baby.

It's believed a group, known as the 'Basotho Gang', had been terrorising people in the area.