Africa

South African police fire rubber bullets to quell riot

South African police have fired rubber bullets at rioters in a poor Johannesburg neighborhood who are demanding housing and other government services.

The violence erupted Monday in Eldorado Park when protesters blocked roads with rocks and burning tires.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says protesters have the right to voice their grievances but says violence is unacceptable and property damage will not be tolerated.

Mbalula has condemned reported attacks on journalists and is urging media representatives to wear reflective clothing and drive in marked vehicles.

Violent protests over an alleged lack of municipal services are common in some poor areas of South Africa.