Road closed as protesters take to the streets

15 November 2015 - 22:40 By Tammy Petersen, News24
OBSTACLE COURSE: A police officer clears Randfontein Road outside Roodepoort, western Johannesburg, yesterday after protesters from the Vlakfontein informal settlement forced its closure by setting up barricades and burning tyres.
OBSTACLE COURSE: A police officer clears Randfontein Road outside Roodepoort, western Johannesburg, yesterday after protesters from the Vlakfontein informal settlement forced its closure by setting up barricades and burning tyres.
Image: MOELETSI MABE

Protest action on Sunday afternoon led to the closure of parts of a Jakes Gerwel and Highlands drives in Mitchells Plain.

Residents of the Siqalo informal settlement earlier threw stones at vehicles and set tyres alight, authorities confirmed.

About 400 protesters had also burnt rubble in the road and traffic was diverted by metro police.

Police were also on the scene and after the crowd was addressed by the public order police, protesters returned to their homes, said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

Fire services are currently cleaning the scene.

Source News 24

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