Police deployed in Lawley as residents protest over evictions

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Police are still engaged in running battles with the residents of an informal settlement in Lawley, south of Johannesburg.

Residents of Kokotela and Lakeview informal settlements blocked the roads with rocks and burning tyres from early Monday.

They are protesting against evictions by the Red Ants (Security Relocation & Eviction Services).

Residents say they have nowhere else to go as they’ve been living here for at least a year.

Some of them have been shot with rubber bullets as police tried to disperse them.

They ran for cover during a hail of rubber bullets while retaliating by throwing stones, only to regroup moments later.

The R558 road in the area is still littered with rocks and other objects.

Police have been deployed to monitor the situation and to help restore calm in the area.