Police have taken to using heavy handed tactics in Zamdela, Sasolburg, in South Africa as 'rioting', looting and arson attacks continue for a second day. According to local media the residents, who are protesting against the proposed merger of Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities, have burnt tyres, thrown rubbish on the main roads and blocked streets leading in and out of the township.
On Monday morning a group of protesters knocked over a fence and went on to steal alcohol and food. They continued looting even when a police helicopter hovered directly above them, dispersing when the police fired rubber bullets, but re-grouped again soon afterwards.
Police spokesman Colonel Sam Makhele said about 120 people had been arrested and charged with public violence and malicious damage to property. They are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
As the unrest continued on Tuesday, journalists have also been targeted. One French photographer has reportedly been 'hit on the head with a rock'.
Reports suggest that at least two protesters may have been killed, however police are refusing to confirm.