Denver residents protest over hostel demarcation

Residents are demonstrating over the incorporation of the hostels into a different ward.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURRG - Police have used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Denver after they pelted passing cars with stones.

Police have been deployed to the George Goch Hostel, near Denver south of Johannesburg, after two vehicles were set alight during an early morning protest.

Residents are demonstrating over the incorporation of the hostels into a different ward, ahead of the local government elections.

There's a heavy police presence in Denver where protesters continue to blockade roads with rocks, refusing to allow anyone into the area.

Earlier police entered the hostel firing rubber bullets and teargas after residents attacked passing motorists.

Protesters are angry that they were not consulted about the hostels new demarcation.

Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe is said to be enroute to the area to address angry residents.


Police have arrested 38 people after a truck and bakkie were set alight during a protest in the south of Johannesburg.

Officers have been stationed at several intersections and streets around the area where protesters have blocked roads with rocks.

The Police's Kay Makhubela says, "We managed to arrest 38 suspects for public violence and malicious damage to property."

He says while the situation has calmed down, officers will remain in the area.

"At the moment the situation is calm and we believe that it will remain calm."

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