Protests over housing that took place over the weekend in Protea Glen, Johannesburg, continued on Monday morning as residents and authorities continue to face off with people trying to occupy land.
According to EWN, those occupying the land had claimed to have permission to erect the structures, but existing Protea Glen residents would not allow it.
News24 previously reported that police were deployed to the area on Sunday afternoon and demolished the illegal structures that had been hastily built by the land occupiers, who at that point had left the area.
However, as a result of further protests on Monday morning, roads around, into and out of Protea Glen were blocked with burning tyres.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele told EWN that several roads had been affected.
“They don’t want anyone to come to their area and erect shacks on the open space. They are tired of people who are coming to their area and occupying spaces.”
Police are monitoring the situation, according to Makhubele.
RT* #JHBTraffic In Protea Glen there is protest action around the Glen Ridge area – Expect delays and diversions
— Gauteng PIG Spotter (@randpigspot) May 7, 2018
Residents in Protea Glen have once again blockaded impala road and Randfontein road with burning tyres as they continue invading land in the area. M.M
— Jozi FM (@jozifm) May 7, 2018
JMPD has confirmed that it has called on the SAPS to come and assist with protest action that is currently happening at #ProteaGlen.
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) May 7, 2018
— Dorothy Mabelebele (@md_mabelebele) May 7, 2018
Expropriation of land has its framework, these land grabbers are opportunistic so now we are stuck at Protea Glen, no entry or exit #ProteaGlen
— Nolundi Matomane (@NolundiMatomane) May 7, 2018
— POWER987News (@POWER987News) May 7, 2018
A group of #ProteaGlen residents, south of Johannesburg has vowed to continue in their attempts to occupy vacant land. RM
— CapricornFM News (@CapricornFMNews) May 7, 2018