WATCH | N14 highway closed as protesters burn tyres, throw stones

15 October 2020 - 16:08
Protesters closed the N14 freeway near Beyers Naude Drive briefly on Thursday. They were apparently reacting to electricity cuts as Eskom and Red Ants shut off illegal connections in the nearby informal settlement.
Protesters closed the N14 freeway near Beyers Naude Drive briefly on Thursday. They were apparently reacting to electricity cuts as Eskom and Red Ants shut off illegal connections in the nearby informal settlement.
Image: Florida CPF / via Facebook

Rock-throwing protesters briefly brought traffic to a stop on Johannesburg's key N14 highway on Thursday afternoon after a protest that spilt over from an informal settlement.

A video posted on the Florida community policing forum's Facebook page shows motorists making hurried U-turns and fleeing against the oncoming traffic while people and burning tyres block both lanes.

Metro police briefly closed the highway on Thursday afternoon near the Randburg/Zwartkop interchange with Beyers Naudé Drive.

🚨🚨🚨 *PROTEST ACTION AT VIDEO INFORMAL SETTLEMENT*🚨🚨🚨 N14 Highway closed from Randburg/Swartkop off ramp (Beyers Naude) BOTH directions. Use alternate routes till further notice.

Posted by Florida CPF on Thursday, 15 October 2020

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told TimesLIVE that the road had since been reopened to traffic.

He could not say what had sparked the protest which had erupted in Mogale City, outside the JMPD's jurisdiction.

The protest started after police and other law enforcement agencies accompanied Eskom technicians on an operation to disable illegal electricity connections in nearby informal settlements, said police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo.

“This was part of O Kae Molao operations that were conducted across all five districts in Gauteng,” Masondo said. The team arrested two suspects found in possession of suspected stolen Eskom transformers.

Shortly after the illegal power connections were cut, a number of community members began barricading the N14 and attacking police.

“Backup was called and police were able to swiftly contain the violence and disperse the crowd. The roads were also cleared and traffic flow resumed after a short disruption.”

Masondo said the area was quiet and public order police were monitoring the situation.

TimesLIVE


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