Motorists warned of Vosloorus protests

2012-05-31 14:38
Johannesburg - Motorists should be cautious when driving on the N3 near the Pelser Road bridge in Vosloorus, particularly at night, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Thursday.

"The protests at the Somalia informal settlement have been going on for a long time," Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said.

"They normally start [protesting] when it gets dark. During the day it is peaceful."

Local residents had made no concrete demands and it was unclear what the purpose of the protests was. This implied the activity was "criminal-related", Mokheseng said.

Police and metro police were monitoring the area.

On Wednesday night a truck was set alight on the N3 at the Pelser bridge, and the R103 between Barry Marais and Pelser roads was barricaded by a burning Toyota Tazz and burning tyres.

The truck driver told Ekurhuleni metro police that he was forced to stop near the bridge because there were burning tyres and stones in the road.

"As he [got out of] his truck, he was greeted by flying objects, before he abandoned his vehicle and ran for his life," Mokheseng said.

The truck was set alight and goods worth R300 000 were damaged. As police were clearing the scene they heard gunshots from the informal settlement, said Mokheseng.

The N3 towards Durban was partially closed, but was reopened on Thursday morning.
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