Protest action leads to traffic issues in and around Johannesburg

Protest action leads to traffic issues in and around Johannesburg

- Protests in and around Johannesburg have led to road closures

- These protests concern service delivery and dissatisfaction with the city administration's handling of illegal structures

- Demonstrators have burnt debris and set up barricades on several roads

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Protests have flared up in Soweto and Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, leading to traffic disruptions.

Soweto has been rocked by protests for almost a week, with protesters forming a road block on the Golden Highway.

The protesters are reportedly unhappy with the city administration and the way they have handled evictions.

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A protest taking place in Ennerdale is reportedly a "Total Shutdown" demonstration, which refers to protests concerning service delivery frustrations and dissatisfaction with government's handling of illegal structures, has gathered.

According to Metro Police Department Chief David Tembe, all roads leaning in and out of Ennerdale have been closed off by protesters. As a result, motorists have been warned to keep clear. 

Additionally, streets in Lenasia have been blocked off and barricades have been set alight, according to The South African. Consequently, motorists have been urged to use the K43 and R558. Here, the protests are also driven by residents' unhappiness with the City's lack of action concerning illegal structures.

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Residents of Kliptown also demontsrated, demanding that their water and electricity be switched back on. This comes after the municipality reportedly disconnected water and electricity services to certain parts of Kliptown.

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