Ivory Park protesters threaten to torch councillor's house

The protest began when residents hurled stones at motorists and blocked roads.

A service delivery protest is underway in Ivory Park, Johannesburg, on 2 June 2015. Picture: Namakanda Siangale via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Protesters are threatening to torch a clinic and councillor's house in Ivory Park in Johannesburg in what appears to be a service delivery protest.

It's understood demonstrations erupted on Monday night.

The protest began when residents hurled stones at motorists and blocked roads.

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD)'s Wayne Minnaar said police are on the scene monitoring the situation.

"As a result Dlamini Street and Moloto Street have been blocked off to traffic. Protesters were threatening to burn down a councillor's house as well as a local clinic."

PHILIPPI PROTESTS

Meanwhile, in Cape Town, public meetings will be held in Philippi East this week in a bid to defuse tensions between two communities.

Some residents of lower Crossroads and the Marikana Informal Settlement clashed at the weekend, leaving three people dead.

The violence is thought to be linked to poor service delivery and land.

They have been at loggerheads for the past week, resulting in deadly demonstrations.

It's believed a service delivery protest by members of the Marikana informal settlement triggered the unrest.

Local ward councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana said lower Crossroads residents are tired of the manner in which people in the Marikana informal settlement are living.

He said they have complained about illegal electricity connections cluttering the area as well as informal settlement residents dumping their waste in street drains.