Lenasia resident arrested for shooting at protesters

A 47-year-old man allegedly opened fire on protesting residents from the Thembelihle township.

Service delivery protests in Lenasia on 26 February 2015, roads in Thembelihle are closed off. Picture: @JMPDSafety

JOHANNESBURG - Soweto police have confirmed one person has been arrested after opening fire on protesting residents from the Thembelihle township, south of Johannesburg, on Wednesday night.

The 47-year -old Lenasia resident allegedly shot at a group of protesters who had blocked parts of the K68 road near the Lenasia Medi-Clinic.

Police say residents were protesting throughout the night and apparently wanted to burn down the electrical boxes in the area when the Lenasia community approached them.

Police spokesman, Warrant Officer, Kay Makhubela says, "One of the community members from Extension 11 took out a gun and shot at the crowd coming from Thembelihle. Two were injured and taken to hospital. We arrested the one who shot at the group."

Police say residents from the township have now started gathering near the scene where two people were shot during a protest last night.

Makhubela says their units are on the scene monitoring the situation.