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:
— #IsidlaMlilo (@mampudisupreme) May 23, 2019
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.
#JHBTraffic Protests Action at Klipspruit Ext & Fred Clark in Soweto. Klipspruit Valley Rd is closed off to traffic btwn Moroka Nancefield & Chris Hani Rd. @JoburgMPD officers are monitoring the situation & Traffic is being diverted on Chris Hani to Elias Motsoaledi ^NB pic.twitter.com/GwvPXWELir
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) May 23, 2019
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:
R29 Ermelo rd between Endicott and Springs no go … Burning tyres again, Rural safety on scene. Pops on scene please use N17
— RIOT & ATTACK info SA (@RiotAndAttackSA) May 23, 2019
JHB – Roodepoort: #ProtestAction at Davidsonville – HEAVY TRAFFIC diverting through Grobler Parl / Lindhaven and through Durban Deep
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) May 23, 2019
- Police are monitoring all the situations reported across Gauteng.