Thembelihle arrests climb to 34

Authorities say they will continue to keep a close eye on the informal settlement.

Soweto police have confirmed one person has been arrested after opening fire on protesting residents from the Thembelihle township on 25 February 2015. Picture: @JMPDSafety.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 34 people have now been arrested in Thembelihle during demonstrations over formal electricity connections.

Dozens of people have been arrested since Monday, when the community first started blocking roads and calling for formal electricity connections.

On Thursday, police arrested at least 20 people in the township.

While Gauteng police say they quelled overnight protests and that the situation is calm today, they will continue to keep a close eye on the informal settlement.

The police's Kay Makhubela says, "The police are still monitoring situation and the arrested will appear before the Protea Magistrates Court."

There's also high police visibility in Dobsonville and Doornkop following a flare up of looting in the areas.

On Thursday, several foreign-owned shops were looted and petrol bombed after community members demanded that foreign business owners leave the area.

At the same time, a resident who was shot during the demonstration in the informal settlement died.

He was allegedly shot by a Lenasia resident who opened fire on protesters.

It's believed the group was trying to set an electrical box on fire and blocked parts of the K68 road near the Lenasia Medi-Clinic.

Congress of the People has called on government to find an urgent solution to the tensions between foreign shop owners and Soweto locals.

The party's Dennis Bloom said, "If we don't act fast in addressing the unemployment problem, this ticking time bomb will explode."

Video: Rocks and rubber bullets fly.