SABC radio reported the residents were protesting over housing issues and had reportedly burnt tyres next to the Wolfson stadium.
“The protesters told us that they were not properly
consulted about the event and complained about the lack of service
delivery,” said police spokesman Major Ernest Sigobe.
Police had to intervene to calm down the crowd who had been burning tyres and barricading roads nearby, he said.
“We explained to them that their protest was illegal
and requested them to follow the right procedures to address their
grievances,” said Sigobe.
“Fortunately they listened and the situation returned to normal.”
The protest had taken place before Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane’s scheduled address at the stadium at 10am.
Chabane’s spokesman Harold Maloka said the minister had delivered his speech.
“The minister has spoken…he is fine.”
He did not want to comment on the protest and referred questions related to it to police authorities.Initially, President Jacob Zuma was to speak at the stadium but pulled out to attend the G20 meeting in Mexico, which starts on Monday.
Chabane was to replace him.
His spokesman Herold Moloka could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was unclear if Chabane was at the stadium.