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.
— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) May 29, 2019
The blockade is made up of rocks, burned tires and an apparently even an immolated bus or two.
#SowetoHighway | Police are monitoring a #ProtestAction taking place on Soweto Highway close to Mzimhlophe Hostels, in Meadowlands, Soweto.#SowetoHighway | It is reported that a Rea Vaya Bus was set torched last night during the protest. pic.twitter.com/S1E1c0Eo3l
— RIOT & ATTACK info SA (@RiotAndAttackSA) May 29, 2019
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.”
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.
Police are this morning monitoring the Mzimhlophe area following a violent protest, residents have been without electricity in the area, Soweto Highway has been affected, two buses were also torched last night. M.M pic.twitter.com/KQ7eIaUTAu
— Jozi FM (@jozifm) May 29, 2019
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.
Protests near Mzimhlope Hostel in Soweto, a @ReaVayaBus was torched last night, Soweto motorway is blocked btw Carr Str & the N17, please exercise extreme caution when travelling in that area, motorists are being diverted through Orlando West #JHBTraffic ^NB pic.twitter.com/Nsfv57NMTo
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) May 29, 2019