Zandspruit protest ends

2012-06-13 12:43
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Zandspruit protest

More police officers have been deployed to Beyers Naude Drive, near the Zandspruit informal settlement, where protesters are throwing stones and burning tyres. See the latest pictures.

Johannesburg - Beyers Naude drive was re-opened on Wednesday morning, after residents of the Zandspruit informal settlement barricaded the road and threw stones at cars, Johannesburg metro police said on Wednesday.

"The protest has now ended, and we, along with the JRA (Johannesburg Roads Agency) have started to clear the debris," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

He said the protesters dispersed just after 09:00.

Earlier, police officers were deployed to Beyers Naude drive when residents threw rocks at passing cars and burnt tyres in the road. A section of the road was subsequently closed.

Minnaar said the residents were protesting because they wanted to host the ANC centenary flame.

"We now know why they were protesting, they wanted the ANC centenary flame to go to Zandspruit." But media reports from the scene said the protest was related to service delivery in the area.

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