The Public Order Policing Unit is reported to have used live ammunition to disperse protesters in Zamdela, Sasolburg in the northern Free State.
Violence has intensified in the area where residents have been burning and looting buildings since the early hours of this morning.
A delivery truck has been hijacked. The hijackers used it to try and break open an ATM at the local shopping centre.
Residents started their protest yesterday after a public meeting regarding the proposed merger of the Metsi-maholo and Ngwathe municipalities.
Learning has also been affected in the township as children stayed away from schools for their own safety.
The Congress of the People (COPE) has called on Free State Premier Ace Magashule and his government to listen to the wishes of the people of Sasolburg and stop taking unilateral decisions.
COPE MP, Dennis Bloom has said that the situation demands immediate attention.