Diepkloof unsafe as protests for service delivery escalate

Hard at work. Police remove stones strewn all over in Diepkloof, Soweto during service delivery protests on Wednesday morning.

The situation was tense and police reinforcements were called to the area as commuters complained about having difficulties getting to work.

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesman Wayne Minnaar told Times Media that the area was unsafe for motorists.

He urged motorists to make use of alternative routes and avoid the area of Chris Hani Road and Immink Drive.

Police spokesman Captain Phephi Matlou-Mthetho said police were on the scene and monitoring the situation. No arrests had been made by early morning.

“It is a service delivery protest. The residents want to deliver a memorandum to one of the councillors during the course of day‚” said Mthetho.

Mthetho said that no cars had been stoned‚ although there were unconfirmed reports of vehicles being stoned on social media.

Residents and commuters expressed frustration and fear on social media as the protests continued.

@jozifm tweeted‚ “#Diepkloof has been shut down this morning‚ protestors have barricaded roads with burning tyres & stones demanding houses.”


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