Protest over social housing project in Roodepoort
Motorists warned of road closures
A volatile protest in Roodepoort affected several routes in and out of the CBD on Thursday morning, but calm has been restored as demonstrators prepare to march on the City of Johannesburg's offices.
A group of residents took to the streets in the morning to protest against evictions from Tshedzani flats, burning tyres and barricading several roads. The flats are rentals offered by the City of Johannesburg’s social housing entity Joshco.
The Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) is on the scene and says calm has been restored.
JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said the group will be transported from Roodepoort to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown for a march down Miriam Makeba Street, turning right onto Carr Street, and left onto Nelson Mandela Bridge, joining Bertha Street in Braamfontein.
They will then turn right onto Jorissen Street until they reach Thuso House, where they will hand over their memorandum of demands to city authorities.
They are expected to disperse from Thuso House at 1pm.
“Johannesburg metro police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to avoid affected streets and use alternative routes such as Ntemi Piliso Street, Pixley Ka Seme Street and Stiemens Street,” Fihla said.
City Power said earlier on Thursday it was unable to respond to outages in and around Roodepoort due to the volatility of the situation.
The entity’s spokesperson Isaac Mangena said they have been informed by JMPD and other law enforcement agencies of several road closures after protest action by residents during which rubber bullets were fired and cars and property reportedly damaged.
“We have advised our teams to stay clear of the CBD and nearby suburbs to ensure their safety and that of City Power trucks.
“About 40% of the depot service area is affected.”
He said City Power teams will only be deployed in the area when it is safe to do so.
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