Protest to disrupt Joburg traffic

2010-07-29 09:04

Johannesburg - A number of roads in Johannesburg's CBD will be closed on Thursday for a protest march by about 14 000 members of the Public Servants Association, the Johannesburg metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the march will start at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown at 11:00.

"This is going to be a big one," he said.

Bree, Simmonds, Fox and Jeppe streets will be closed as protesters make their way up to the premier's office - where a memorandum will be handed over - and then back to the square.

"It should end at around 14:00."

Minnaar said police would divert traffic along Anderson, Harrison and Marshall streets.

More than 200 000 members of the PSA go on strike on Thursday after they rejected government's 6.5% salary increase.

Public servants are demanding an 8.6% salary increase and a housing subsidy of R1 000 effective from April 1.

Government is offering a 6.5% salary increase and R620 housing subsidy with effect from July 1.

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