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Violent protests break out in Daspoort over service delivery

Residents of Hercules have been protesting, apparently over access to education and service delivery.

FILE. Roads surrounding Daspoort, have been closed and police say school pupils have been threatened and others pelted with stones. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Metro Police say violent protests have broken out in Daspoort, west of Pretoria, where residents of Hercules have been protesting, apparently over access to education and service delivery.

Roads surrounding Daspoort, have been closed and police say school pupils have been threatened and others pelted with stones.

DASSPOORT TUNNEL SCENE PIC. pic.twitter.com/XCubwaDWgW

Parents are also en route to the local school to fetch their children due to fears over safety.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba says the situation is very tense.

"Even the schools around the area have been affected. We will continue to monitor the situation until we're sure it's back to normal."

A Daspoort resident says several roads have also been blocked.

"The crowd has not been volatile with the residents but has been towards cars passing by. Tyres are burning, roads are being blocked off and police vehicles are being stoned and sent away."