Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

Lenasia protests: Roads barricaded ahead of EFF and Sanco meeting

The protest took a turn for the worse when protesters started “throwing stones and intimidating people walking to take public transport.”

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Roads in Ennerdale and Lenasia South have been shut down in a planned protest ahead of a Sanco and EFF meeting.

As reported by Eyewitness News, residents took to the streets ahead of a meeting between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).

Planned protest action

Community member Shirley Brijlal tells the press that the protest was planned in advanced. She added:

“This will culminate in a meeting at the Lenasia South City Centre today. But as far as I am aware, the roads have been blocked. At this point in time, there’s only one exit out to Lenasia.”

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Image via Twitter: @alveena_pillay

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According to Twitter user Alveena Pillay, the protest took a turn for the worse when protesters started “throwing stones and intimidating people walking to take public transport.”

She also says protesters blocked the exists out of Lenasia with burning tyres and added: “Not able to exit through Lenasia or Ennerdale.”

Traffic gridlocked

JMPD warns motorists to avoid the Golden Highway and Shefflied Road near Lenasia due to traffic delays. About 300 protesters have gathered and the highway and blocked all nearby roads.

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Protesters blocked all exists. / Image via Twitter: @alveena_pillay

In addition, Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said officers are monitoring the area. He told Jacaranda News:

“It is a battle for motorists to use the Golden Highway, officers are presently trying to assist the resident from Lenasia south to enter golden Highway from the Sheffield side.”

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