Four individuals were killed and municipal buildings were plundered and burned down in Tembisa during protests over service delivery.
On Monday morning, there were demonstrators and Metro police present, and the first person was apparently shot in the crossfire.
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Shots were also fired at a second protester, approximately ten vehicles, including automobiles and trucks, were set on fire, and property from municipal buildings, including laptops and televisions, was stolen.
A few days prior to the demonstration, Tanya Campbell, the mayor of Ekurhuleni, had declined to attend a scheduled meeting with local residents.
The community was upset when Campbell put officials in place of them and accused her of undermining them.
Since Sunday evening, Tembisa has been tense.
The township was shut down by the residents.
No one was allowed to go to work, and children were not allowed to attend school.
Martha Sithole, a local citizen, determined to continue her protests until the mayor showed up to address them.
The mayor said: “Last week, I delegated five members of the Mayoral Committee to engage residents on the memorandum they submitted to the city. However, that meeting unfortunately collapsed and failed to reach any resolutions.”
Mayor Campbell also condemned the violent protests and said the destruction of government infrastructure has nothing to do with service delivery grievances. She added that she believes the protests were politically motivated to disturb the smooth running of the city.
“As a multi-party coalition government, we are concerned that the visuals we are witnessing in Tembisa are no longer community-based, but rather a well-orchestrated operation to render the township ungovernable,” she said.
“We believe that the current destruction of public infrastructure is politically motivated and intended to undermine the progress of the new administration.”
The protesters walked around the township burning tires and blocking roads with rocks and tree branches all day Monday, keeping law officers busy.
The demonstrators swiftly regrouped and resumed burning tires as police shot rubber bullets at them.
As a result, it was impossible for people to enter and exit the township due to clogged streets.
According to Scrolla.Africa, two persons were slain, allegedly by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department officers. This was confirmed by Kelebogile Thepa, a spokesperson for the department.
Numerous demonstrators were reportedly detained by police for using violence in public.