Golden Highway blocked by protesting community members

2017-09-14 11:10
Road closed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Road closed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg – The Golden Highway in Lenasia South, Johannesburg has been blocked off by burning tyres and rocks due to a protest that flared up in Ennerdale, Johannesburg on Thursday morning.

Motorists have been urged to avoid using the Golden Highway as community members have blocked the road, making it unsafe.

According to JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, the protest started at around 5am on Thursday morning in the Ennerdale area, affecting traffic coming from Ennerdale, Lenasia South and Orange Farm. 

Minnaar said that there are about 100 protestors by Golden Highway and Wimbledon Road. He said the protest was about housing, and that more officers were going to be deployed to the scene in an effort to clear the area before a ceremony due to take place later.

"More JMPD officers will be sent there because there is a wreath laying ceremony at around 11am for the officer who was killed last week," he told News24.

READ: City urges motorists to stop speeding after JMPD officer dies

The officer was killed while on duty performing a routine stop and search operation in Lenasia South. A Toyota double cab bakkie was ploughed into by a bus after it was stopped by the officer. The bakkie ran over the officer, and a stationary vehicle, killing the officer.

The driver of the bus has since been charged with reckless driving.

Motorists are advised to use the N1 or the K43 as alternative routes.

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