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Commuters stranded as protest persist in Tshwane

2016-06-21 19:08
Burnt out busses in Attridgeville. (Supplied)

Pretoria - Commuters travelling to Tshwane's townships were left stranded on Tuesday as buses and taxis stopped running, Tshwane metro police said.

Metro police were giving lifts to commuters stuck in Mamelodi, Hammanskraal, Atteridgeville, and Soshanguve, Superintendent Isaac Mahamba told News24.

“We suspect that taxis are scaling down out of fear. Traffic is less than expected at normal peak hours because there are no taxis on the roads."

Mahamba said roads closed included Molefe Makinta, the R55, and the Mabopane highway. Traffic on Solomon Mahlangu Drive and on the R101 in Hammanskraal was affected by protests.

Looting was reported in Attridgeville and Mamelodi.

Protests began in several Tshwane townships on Monday against the ANC’s nomination of Thoko Didiza as the metro’s mayoral candidate.

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