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Protesters defy lockdown in Joburg CBD, burn tyres over food parcels

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said that protesters were claiming they had not received food parcels as promised.

Police car/van. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Public order police officers are investigating why a group of Joburg residents decided to violate the lockdown regulations by staging a protest in the CBD.

The police were called out to Eloff Street in central Joburg on Tuesday morning, where demonstrators had blocked off the road with rocks and burned tyres.

The Joburg Metro Police Department said that the community claimed that they hadn't received food parcels that were promised to them.

The police's Kay Makhubele: "Police have been deployed and so far we are still determining what their grievances are. Our public order police are engaging with them."