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Police on high alert following protest in Mamelodi

Residents - who had illegally occupied land - demonstrated against the destruction of their shacks.

Police and a foreign national inspect his spaza shop in Mamelodi West after it was looted. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police are on high alert in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, where protests have again flared up this morning.

Yesterday, residents who had illegally occupied land demonstrated against the destruction of their shacks.

Tshwane Metro Police Department say it's unclear if today's protest is linked to the same issue.

Officials have urged motorists to use alternative routes as roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and rocks.

Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba says: "The street being affected is Tsamaya next to Kgomo Street. There are people that are protesting and have blocked streets with burning tyres and objects.

"We currently advise motorists to use alternative routes, they shouldn't go nearer the protests."

Meanwhile, police say no arrests have been made in connection with overnight protests in the area.

"There're no people that have been arrested at this stage and it didn't come to a point that us as police officers [had] to use force or to fire rubber bullets. We'll continue to monitor the situation until it is calm."

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