According to reports, one person has been shot dead in Tembisa amid violent service delivery protests.
A resident in the area told members of the media that the man was caught in a crossfire between EMPD officials and protesters.
Many parts of Tembisa have been completely shut down, with protestors using rocks and burning tyres to block the roads.
Earlier on Monday morning, an angry mob descended on a municipal building in Tembisa, protesting against the high rates and electricity bills. They are demanding that Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell visit the area for a meeting with disgruntled residents.
One protester, Cleopatra Mthethwa, said that she simply could not afford the rates and electricity. She has blamed Mayor Campbell for the protests intensifying.
“She had an appointment with us and she didn’t show up. She doesn’t care about us. She only cares about herself,” Mthethwa said.
Meanwhile, Tembisa is under a heavy blanket of thick smoke around the customer care center. Police vans, trucks, and a helicopter are making the rounds as officers fire rubber bullets to disperse crowds.