Situation remains calm in Diepsloot on Thursday evening

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The situation in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, remains calm on Thursday evening, with no sign of protest action.

Scores of disgruntled residents have been protesting violently since Tuesday night, following multiple murders and robberies in the area.

One person was killed on Wednesday night by a mob of angry residents, after being accused of being in the country illegally.

A large contingent of police has been deployed to the area to maintain calm.

Police Minister Bheki Cele as well as Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi are expected to visit the township on Friday.

Community leader, Sicelo Shezi says, “We are going to have a meeting tomorrow (Friday) . So we requested the residents to wait for that meeting and we will then take it from there. Because there were positive deliberations with the minister of police and the premier and they promised that they will bring TRT to ensure that there is safety in the community of Diepsloot.”

VIDEO: Diepsloot residents speak out:

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Xolani Fihla has advised motorists travelling in Diepsloot to be cautious due to rocks and debris on several roads, as a result of Wednesday’s protest action.

Fihla says, “The situation in Diepsloot is relatively calm and quiet today. We have not received any reports of disruptions and disturbances but police remain on high alert and will be patrolling the area and main roads including the R51, N14 and summit road. Motorists are still advised to drive with caution when in the area.”

Below is a picture gallery of scenes in Diepsloot on Wednesday: