Cars reportedly stoned, minibus set alight in Thembalihle protest

Police says residents started blocking the Golden Highway near Orange Farm early this morning, burning tyres.

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 - Police say a protest in the south of Johannesburg has now moved from the Golden Highway to the N1 near the Grasmere Toll Plaza, with reports of more vehicles being pelted with stones.

Police are dealing with what appears to be a violent protest in Thembalihle, south of Johannesburg, with reports of cars being stoned and a minibus set on fire.

This man says he was almost hit by a brick.

"There were about seven or eight kids, young boys, not older than 10 or 11 years, throwing rocks onto the N1 South and a couple of cars were parked three of four kilometres down from that after being hit by the rocks with windscreens knocked."

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says residents started blocking the Golden Highway near Orange Farm early this morning, burning tyres and throwing bricks onto the road.

A motorist who passed through the area, says he saw a number of vehicles being targeted.

"The tyres that are being burnt are occupying the road, we had to drive on the side of the road. There's a taxi that has been burnt as well. There are rocks and branches of trees on the road as well."

The JMPD's Edna Mamonyane is warning motorists to avoid the area.

"We worry about the safety of the road users. The Joburg Metro Police, together with police have been deployed to that area."

Mamonyane has advised motorist to make use of alternative routes.

"Try and rather use the N1 also go through Lenasia and use the N12."