Police, residents clash in Rosettenville

Police, residents clash in Rosettenville

Several Rosettenville residents have been injured in a standoff with police this afternoon. 

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Slindelo Masikane (File photo)

Residents have taken to the streets in protest of drug dealing and prostitution in the Johannesburg suburb. 

Videos and photos of the clashes have emerged on social media - showing residents' rubber bullet wounds.

However, Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says: "I haven't received any information about rubber bullets having been used. Police have also not received any reports of any injuries."

He says residents are threatening to confront alleged drug dealers. 

"There is about 100 people gathering on the streets of Rosettenville alleging their intention to threaten or intimidate Nigerians who they suspect to be dealing in drugs and those who are using children as prostitutes," he explains. 

"Police are making sure people are not blocking roads. Residents are burning tyres in the streets. Police threw stun grenades in an attempt to disperse them."

Residents say police have failed them in dealing with the scourge of drug abuse and prostitution in the area. 

No arrests have yet been made.

Residents of Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg march against alleged involvement of Nigerians in drugs and prostitution in their suburb.

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