Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Roads barricaded as more protests flare up in Soweto, traffic affected [video]

Another day of burning tyres and disrupted traffic awaits the residents of Soweto, as several demonstrations have closed key commuter routes.

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It’s been less than a week since the last protests in Soweto caused traffic disruption, but residents have once again blocked roads overnight.

According to a report on Eyewitness News, residents began building the barricade of the Soweto Highway late last night.

Burning buses

The blockade is made up of rocks, burned tires and an apparently even an immolated bus or two.

Police on the scene

As spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says, Joburg Metro Police are present and have begun diverting traffic away from the area.

“The Soweto highway is blocked off to traffic due to protest where there are rocks and burning tyres. It is affected between the N17 near the Mzimhlophe hostel. Motorists are advised to avoid that intersection for now while officers are being sent to that area to help monitor the situation.”

Wayne Minnaar

There are many legitimate reasons the local residents could be protesting, but Jozi FM believes it to be related to the fact that they have been without electricity in recent days.

Latest traffic news from Soweto

Currently, the only closed road is the Soweto Highway between Carr Street and the N17, with traffic being re-directed through Orlando West.

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