Mass protests flare up across Gauteng

Protest action in Protea Glen on 8 August 2017.
Protest action in Protea Glen on 8 August 2017.  Image: Twitter/Yusuf Abramjee
At least a dozen protests broke out across Gauteng on Tuesday morning.

According to reports‚ community-led protests were under way in Turffontein‚ Benoni‚ Protea Glen‚ Centurion‚ Dobsonville‚ GaRankuwa‚ Braamfontein‚ Zandspruit‚ Diepkloof‚ Rosettenville‚ Mamelodi‚ Atteridgeville and Soshanguve‚ among other places.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said officers had their hands full attending to action in multiple locations.

“It’s said that [the protests] are linked to the vote of no confidence‚” said Minnaar.

His colleague‚ Edna Mamonyane‚ said the protests appeared coordinated.

“There are no protesters in the various locations. They are blockading the roads the rocks and with burning tyres and then moving on to the next location‚” she said.

Mamonyane said a bakkie laden with rocks and tyres was confiscated by police in Soweto‚ but the occupants ran away before they could be arrested.


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