Beyers Naude Drive open again after Zandspruit protest

2016-04-21 10:28
Residents of Zandspruit blocked the road on Thursday leading into the area with burning tyres. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Residents of Zandspruit blocked the road on Thursday leading into the area with burning tyres. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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2016-04-20 16:02

Residents demanding power burnt tyres and blocked Beyers Naudé Drive on Wednesday.WATCH

Johannesburg - Beyers Naude Drive near the Zandspruit informal settlement was opened for traffic on Thursday morning following protests in the area, metro police said.

"Beyers Naude drive was blocked off to traffic throughout the night close to the informal settlement.

"However, this morning officers are allowing cars to pass through when it is safe to do so," Johannesburg Metro Police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said. 

He said officers would continue to monitor the area throughout the day.

Residents barricaded the road leading into the West Rand township with burning tyres on Wednesday afternoon.

They vowed to continue protesting until Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau came to address their demands for basic services. A representative from Tau's office earlier came to see them, but they refused to listen to him. 

Residents then said they would escalate their protest.

Tau was attending a an event to confer the Freedom of the City on advocate George Bizos and Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni, and said he had sent senior officials to the area to engage with the community.

Minnaar on Thursday said the protesters were still in the area.

"They come and go.

"Officers have pushed the rocks to the side of the road," he said.

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