A violent land protest shut down a busy intersection as rioters burnt tyres and clashed with police in Philippi on Saturday.

Both lanes of Robert Sobukwe Drive were closed between Amsterdam and Lansdowne roads in the early hours of the morning after land invaders tried to erect structures on a field situated behind the Philippi Magistrates’ Court.

As police tried to disperse the group of protesters, they pelted SAPS members with stones.

One person was arrested for public violence.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said: “Kindly be advised that this office is aware of people who gathered at the back of Philippi Court on an open piece of land very near to a piece of property where they want to illegally erect structures.

“These protesters blocked the roads between Amsterdam and Lansdowne Road with rubble and burning tyres.

“They also attacked the police with stones. Members took action to disperse the protesters. One person was arrested on charges of public violence.

“Police are operationally ready to deal with any similar occurrence, and to maintain law and order at any given time.

“Our members remain in the area to monitor the situation.”

Road closures were in place for most of the day and late afternoon.

Lanes on Robert Sobukwe Drive reopened later that evening