At least three individuals were apprehended by Gauteng law enforcement following continuous protests in Diepsloot.
Among those detained were two community leaders who had been leading the protest. The arrests occurred subsequent to the police’s use of rubber bullets against protesters who had barricaded roads on Thursday.
In recent times, residents of Diepsloot have been expressing their grievances regarding the elevated crime rates and inadequate police presence.
They have also requested that President Ramaphosa visits the area to address the crime issue, particularly following the killing of community leader and crime fighter John Makola last week.
Mavela Masondo, the police spokesperson, stated that additional police officers have been dispatched to the township.
He emphasized that the increase in police presence is necessary to maintain control as the situation was escalating and not intended as intimidation.
Masondo stressed the responsibility of the police to safeguard individuals who are not participating in the protest, as well as local businesses and their properties.
As of now, three individuals have been arrested and charged with public violence.