Monday’s protest against service and electricity delivery problems by Soweto residents, which led to the closure of Rea Vaya bus services in the community, was a warning of things to come.
Protest organizers warned the shutdown, which would block major roads in the area, would culminate in a march expected to take place Tuesday from Soweto.
Nobala Nonkelela, one of the organizers of the protests on Monday, said: “It was a slow shutdown to prepare people for tomorrow.”
She said angry residents are expected to petition the office of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse.
Nonkelela said residents would meet at 8am Tuesday at Maponya Mall and be transported to Peter Ross Park on Empire Road.
“We will then go to the Mayor’s office march.”
< p>Residents want the city to address the provision of services and electricity to the area.
In some parts of Soweto, including Pimville and Diepkloof, residents blocked roads with rubble s, bricks and burning tires early Monday morning.
Xolani Fihla, spokesman for the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), said Chris Hani Road, littered with bricks and burning tires, remained open to traffic between Maponya Mall and Modjadji Street.
“Also there are traffic disruptions on Koma Road in Jabulani and in Moletsane which is closed between Legwale Street and Bulani Road.”
He said the JMPD had also received reports of overnight closures on the Soweto Highway in Diepkloof, near Immink Drive.
“Although the situation is calm at the moment and officers are deployed in the affected areas are, motorists are asked to exercise extreme caution ht prevail and if possible to use alternative ways.”
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