Golden Highway blocked due to protest

2010-02-23 10:59

PROTESTS against poor service delivery continued along the Golden

Highway this morning, with police closing the road and then re-opening it

shortly after 10am, Johannesburg metro police have said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the highway had again been

closed after protesters burned tyres and blocked the road with rocks.

While the road was later re-opened, he advised motorists to use the

N1 as an alternative route.

Police were keeping a close eye on the situation where angry

residents pelted police with stones and burnt tyres yesterday.

Protesting Orange Farm residents began demonstrating at around 1am

yesterday and around 3pm the 1 500 residents started pelting police with stones

and damaging their vans in the process.

Police retaliated by firing teargas and rubber bullets and arrested

30 people for public violence.

A metro police official was sent to Lenmed Hospital in Lenasia,

south of Johannesburg after he was injured on his leg during the protest.

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