On Tuesday, protests erupted in Johannesburg, causing a major backlog in traffic. The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has warned motorists to avoid the Soweto highway as well as Odendaal Street.
As reported by Times Live, protesters took to the streets of Soweto to display their disgruntlement with the provincial government.
Reason behind Joburg protests on Soweto highway
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According to JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, residents are “complaining about houses in the area.”
“There are protests in Soweto Highway near Mzimhlophe hostel. The protestors are singing and chanting, so motorists are advised to avoid that intersection for now.
“There are tyres being burnt on the road, motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes,” Minnaar stated.
Not much information has been available as yet since a formal memorandum with the protesters’ demands has yet to be handed over to an official of the City of Johannesburg.
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Another protest erupts in Gauteng
This is yet another protest that has taken place in the Gauteng region this month.
Earlier in April, residents of Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, took to the streets, calling for Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba to address their service delivery demands.
The mayor accused the African National Congress (ANC) of orchestrating the protests that spilt onto other parts of the province like Joe Slovo, Bellavista, Ennerdale and Tshwane.
Mashaba also pointed at the ANC for failing to deliver on housing development projects like the Alexandra Renewal Project.
Launched by former president Thabo Mbeki 18 years ago, the project had received an estimated R1.7-billion earmarked for the restoration of the region.
However, years have passed and nothing has improved in much of the rural parts of Johannesburg.
“The Democratic Alliance (DA) has long called for accountability for these stolen funds. Now that the ANC no longer governs Johannesburg and faces losing Gauteng, they have resorted to a coordinated programme of anarchy and criminality in Alex, which has backfired,” the DA’s John Moodey noted in a statement.
This is a developing story.