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Tear gas fired to disperse protesters from Diepkloof Interchange

The group were stoning cars along Chris Hani Road this morning in what appears to be a housing protest.

FILE. A group started stoning cars along Chris Hani Road this morning in what appears to be a housing protest.  Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 300 people are trying to block off the N12 and N1 Diepkloof Interchange in Soweto this morning in a protest that appears to be related to demands for proper housing.

Johannesburg Metro Police say the large group of people marched along Chris Hani Road in Soweto, and started stoning passing cars as they reached the highway.

Police say no arrests have been made but the Public Order Unit on the scene to quell the violent protest.

Tear gas has also been fired to disperse the crowd.

The police's Edna Mamonyane says motorists must turn around if instructed to do so by the officers on the scene.

"Protesters then went onto the N12 of the N1 Diepkloof Interchange split. We want to call on motorists to be vigilant, and if the police ask you to turn around, to divert you, please listen. Those people were very violent."