Soweto road re-opened after protests

Picture: Neil McCartney.

Picture: Neil McCartney.

Chris Hani Road in Pimville, Soweto, has been re-opened following late-night protests in the area, Gauteng police said on Friday.

“We were able to open up the road [and] disperse the crowd around 11.30pm,” Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

On Thursday night protesters blocked the road with burning tyres and rocks around 6pm.

Some cars were pelted with stones, Makhubela said at the time.

It was believed that the community were protesting against pre-paid water meters.

No one was injured during the protest and no arrests were made.

The situation had calmed down overnight and police were monitoring the area.

It was too soon to say whether the protests had stopped, Makhubela said.

– Sapa


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