Tshwane mayor to engage with Mamelodi residents following protests

Protests flared up in the area again this morning, with residents blocking roads with burning tyres.

New Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As Tshwane police manage to disperse a protest in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, they say Mayor Solly Msimanga will engage with the community over their concerns.

Protests flared up in the area again this morning, with residents blocking roads with burning tyres and rocks.

It's understood members of the community were unhappy after the authorities evicted people on Monday, who had illegally occupied land in the area.

Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba says: "The mayor has committed that he will engage the community of Mamelodi and try to map the way forward with them, but currently we're still saying zero tolerance on illegal occupation."

Mahamba says while demonstrators have dispersed, officers will remain in the area.

"The situation is back to normal and the roads are open. We're there as Metro Police department just to assist the road department with the clean-up process to make sure that members of the public can now utilize that road."