Johannesburg Total Shutdown Protests

People protesting over lack of service delivery.
People protesting over lack of service delivery.

Following protests in Alexandra, Vereeniging and Bekkersdal in the past week, police say that they will continue to deploy officers in the area to restore and maintain law and order.

Residents in these areas have been protesting over service delivery issues including housing, water and electricity as well as basic infrastructure at schools and buildings in the communities.

As law enforcement continue to monitor the unrest in townships around Gauteng from the past week, the police’s Kay Makhubele said that units remain on high alert.

“We’ve deployed the police in places where there are protests and police have been deployed in Vereeniging, Alexandra and everywhere where there’s a protest. The police are there to make sure that law and order is maintained.”

On Tuesday, police fired rubber bullets at protesters in Bekkersdal after looting in the community began in the late afternoon.

Residents are demanding electricity, which was promised to them earlier this year.

They said that if their demands are not met they will continue to protest and won’t take to the polls for elections next month.

Protesters are barricading the entrances leading to Soshanguve, Mabopane, Hammanskraal and Pretoria west reportedly as part of the movement Save Tshwane Total Shutdown.

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD)’s Isaac Mahamba said that public transport has also been limited.

“We want to warn motorists that when they get to these areas they must be patient. Those entrances are blocked with burning objects and tyres. We will deal with the situation. People that are going to school, people that are doing business around the areas, they should not panic.”

Protestors are also barricading the N1 highway towards Polokwane.

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