AS IT HAPPENED: 2 lanes re-opened on JHB N3 highway, slow-moving traffic

2019-04-03 07:41

One of the Johannesburg's oldest suburbs is under lockdown as people demand basic services from the DA-led municipality.

Protests rock Alexandra.
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03 Apr 14:58
Traffic is moving slowly and officers are monitoring the situation.

03 Apr 14:57
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said two lanes have been re-opened on N3 north-bound. However, protesters are throwing stones from the top of a bridge.

03 Apr 14:20

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03 Apr 14:09
The N3 northbound is at a complete standstill, motorists have been waiting for at least 30 minutes with no movement.

03 Apr 13:26

03 Apr 13:26
We want Mashaba, chanted residents as Michael Sun attempted to address them. He later left. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 13:25
Residents of Alexandra booed MMC Michael Sun when he attempted to address them. Sun attempted to speak to residents inside a JMPD nyala. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 13:25

03 Apr 13:24
Residents from Alexandra throwing stones and wooden pellets on the N3, despite police presence, reports 702

03 Apr 13:18
N3 offramp closed amid Alexandra protest, reports 702

03 Apr 13:07
Alexandra shutdown leaders have apologised to community members who were stuck in the suburb, reports SAFM

03 Apr 12:36
Community leaders of Alexandra told MMC Michael Sun to bring Mayor Herman Mashaba to address them. They vowed that Sun will not address the community unless he calls Mashaba to come urgently to the volatile township. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 12:36
Buang Jones from SA Human Rights Commission has arrived to assess the situation.Jones said every protest impede on rights of others. He called for both City of Joburg and Gauteng government to address the situation in Alexandra. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 12:25

Mayor Herman Mashaba may not make an appearance, reports SAFM  

But MMC Michael Sun is present  


03 Apr 12:24
The situation is tense as more than 1 000 protesters gather on Lenin Drive, reports SAFM

03 Apr 12:23
Community leaders of Alexandra are chasing away MMC Michael Sun, demanding to be addressed by Mayor Herman Mashaba. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 12:16

03 Apr 12:15
Mboro claimed he is in Alexandra to pray for peace and for police to stop firing rubber bullets at protesters. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 12:15
Pastor Mboro claimed he was only chased away by few drunk and unruly residents. He claimed he is in Alexandra to support the protesting residents. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 12:14

03 Apr 12:05
Police have prevented protesters from marching to the N3 highway, reports SAFM

03 Apr 12:03
We want to talk with our government; we want service delivery, says an Alexandra protester as reported on SAFM

03 Apr 11:45

Alexandra police spokesperson Captain Stephen Malatji said they have arrested two people including a ringleader.

The two will face charges of public violence. He said the situation is under control although residents are near a Gautrain station. @ntwaagae


03 Apr 11:43

The JMPD will act to prevent protesters in Alexandra from blocking the N3 highway.  

Marchers are moving near the Marlboro Gautrain Station and say that they want to shut down the N3.  

"We will stop them before they go on to the N3," JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told News24.  

He added that a number of officers are on standby to deal with the protest.  

"We have a huge contingent deployed in around Alex. We will definitely disperse the crowd if they want to go on to the N3."  

There was a call for Mayor Herman Mashaba to address the crowd, but Minnaar said that mayoral committee member for public safety would address them.  

"That crowd is moving to Lenin Road to meet with the MMC Michael Sun," Minnaar said.


03 Apr 11:29

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03 Apr 11:03
Residents who did not go to work have joined the protests, reports 702

03 Apr 11:01
Protesting crowd marching down London Road toward the N3 freeway, Power 98.7

03 Apr 11:00
Protesting residents in Alexandra have threatened to shut down the N3 highway, reports Power 98.7

03 Apr 11:00

03 Apr 10:54

WATCH: Alexandra shutdown over service delivery

One of the Johannesburg's oldest suburbs is under lockdown as people demand basic services from the DA-led municipality.


03 Apr 10:38

The situation in Alexandra remains volatile as protesters demand that City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba address them.  

"People are continuing to protest and our members are there at the scene monitoring the situation," Police Colonel Lungelo Dlamini told News24.  

Some social posts claimed that police used live ammunition, but the police denied this.  

"We don't use live ammunition on protests," said Dlamini.  

He described the protests as "a bit violent" and said that no injuries have been reported.  


03 Apr 10:31
Protesters are demanding that Mayor Herman Mashaba must come and address them, reports Power 98.7

03 Apr 10:10

03 Apr 10:09

The JMPD told News24 that officers are conducting cat-and-mouse battles with protesters.

"The tyres are on the side of the road," JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told News24.  

"They are burning tyres, but the traffic is moving," he added.  

Minnaar said there were no injuries to officers and two protesters were arrested.  

London Road is a protest hotspot at the moment and officers have regularly been clearing the road of barricades.  

"As soon as the officers clear the barricades, then the people come back," said Minnaar.  

"We will stay here as long as necessary."  


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03 Apr 09:39
Alexandra is a reflection of the state of the nation - 702 opinion

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03 Apr 09:13
Protesters are removing election posters and setting them alight along London Road in Alexandra. @ntwaagae

03 Apr 09:12

03 Apr 09:05
Parents and school learners have expressed frustration at the Alexandra shutdown to Power 98.7

03 Apr 08:59

03 Apr 08:51
Lots of pressure on the roads as a result of protest in Alexandra, reports SAFM

03 Apr 08:42

A cat and mouse battle in Alexandra between police and residents.

Police fired rubber bullets while residents retaliate by firing stones and empty bottles. @ntwaagae

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