Traffic alert: Tyres burn as Soweto and Joburg rocked by protests

Traffic alert: Tyres burn as Soweto and Joburg rocked by protests

- Protests have flared up across Gauteng

- In some cases, they have led to road closures as protesters burn tyres and barricade streets

- Police have been dispatched to most of the scenes to monitor the situation

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Several routes in Gauteng have become blocked due to the escalating protests in Soweto, Springs Rock and Roodepoort.

Protesters have taken to the streets and, in some cases, formed barricades.

Reportedly, the protests concern the high crime rates in Soweto, as well as a perceived lack of accountability for criminals.

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The protests began early on Thursday morning. Tyres have been burned and debris has been strewn across several roads in order to stop motorists from travelling through Soweto.

Thus far, Klipspruit Valley and Chris Hani Road have been closed, according to The South African. Additionally, there is bumper-to-bumper traffic in Moroka Nancefield Road and Chris Hani Road. 

Likewise, roads next to Maponya Mall have been closed, and access to Klipspruit Valley Station is restricted.

The intersection of Lois and Vorster Street in Glenanda has also come to a complete halt, according to the official Twitter account for the City of Johannesburg.

Police officers have been deployed at most of these scenes and are keeping an eye on the situation. They have also diverted traffic in some cases, such as diverting motorists from Chris Hani Road to Elias Motsoaledi.

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While the Soweto protests have been attributed to frustration with crime, it is not yet clear what hs sparked the protests in Springs Rock and Roodepoort.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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