Four dead in Tembisa protests


By Staff Reporter

TEMBISA-Angry residents of Tembisa have taken to the streets on Monday morning in a community shutdown over service delivery issues. The protesters have blocked-off several around the community with burning tyres and rocks.

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) has confirmed that two more people have lost their lives during the Tembisa service delivery protests on Monday.

One man escaped death when his car was set alight. The driver of the vehicle had to run for his life after protesters/looters ordered him to step out and set his vehicle in flames. The man is said to have been coming from work. He managed to run until Tembisa South police station.

The two bodies were found near the Customer Care Centre, where the Municipal Centre was set alight. This brings the death toll to four, Newzroom Afrika reported.

The cause of the deaths is unknown at this stage.

The first and second fatalities were reported in the morning, after protesters were caught in the crossfire between officers and other demonstrators.

Angry Tembisa residents blockaded several roads around the community with burning tyres and rocks on Monday in a community shutdown.

Several municipal vehicles, including the municipal offices, have also been torched during violent protests with sporadic instances of looting being reported.

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