Meyerton's R59 open to motorists, situation remains tense

Residents have been demonstrating over a lack of services in their community since Monday.

Protesters pelt an Nyala with rocks during a service delivery protest in Sicelo infromal settlement, Meyerton on 21 July 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The situation in Midvaal remains tense this afternoon with hundreds of protesters regrouping near the Sicelo Informal Settlement.

Residents have been demonstrating in the area demanding better services, while some workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union have been on a go-slow since last week demanding better wages.

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Earlier today, Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane visited the area.

She says residents have assured her they will stop protesting and in return, she says government is addressing their concerns.

"The situation, at the moment, is calm and they have agreed not to get involved in any wrongdoing. They won't burn any tyres, they won't throw stones at cars. But they have also requested that we address their concerns.

Gauteng traffic's Obed Sibasa says, while the situation has calmed down, police remain on scene.

Meanwhile, the R59 in Meyerton has now been re-opened to traffic, following clashes between protesters and police.

Residents have been demonstrating over a lack of services in their community since the beginning of the week - demanding housing and electricity.

Earlier, eNCA journalist Lenyaro Sello was attacked and robbed of her equipment by protesters in the area.