Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

Traffic: Tyres burn as protests in Soweto, Roodepoort and Springs rock Gauteng

soweto protests trafficSeveral major routes have been disrupted across Gauteng, as the Soweto protests gain momentum. Demonstrations are also underway in Roodepoort and Springs.

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Residents of Soweto have taken to the streets in protest early on Thursday morning, forming a blockade on some of the major routes in and out of the town. The Johannesburg-based region is currently experiencing a whole host of traffic delays, with public transport also being severely impacted.

Johannesburg traffic latest for Thursday 23 May – Soweto at a standstill:

Traffic delays in Soweto

The protests flared up before sunrise in one of Gauteng’s most densely populated areas. Some locals have stopped access to motorists wanting to commute through Soweto, as tyres burn and debris is strewn across carriageways. So far, the major routes affected include:

  • Klipspruit Valley and Chris Hani road closed.
  • Access to Klipspruit Valley Station is limited.
  • Roads next to Maponya Mall also shut down.
  • Travel through Dlamini will be severely disrupted.
  • Heavy traffic between Moroka Nancefield & Chris Hani Rd. Officers are diverting traffic on Chris Hani to Elias Motsoaledi.
  • Rea Valley bus routes T1, T2, T3, C2, F9/10 F3/5 are also under severe strain.

It’s believed that protestors are gatvol with the rising rates of crime in Soweto. Some sources say it is specifically a protest against the amount of murder in the area, and a subsequent lack of accountability for criminals.

Protest action flares up in Roodepoort and Springs

It wasn’t just Soweto that was blighted by the demonstrations, however. Traffic disruptions and street protests have also been reported in both Roodepoort and Springs. We’ve not yet received confirmation on what has sparked the disorder here. This is the current situation in both locations:

  • Police are monitoring all the situations reported across Gauteng.

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