Service delivery protest hits Lenasia South, Soweto

Wayne Minnaar of the Johannesburg metro police department.

Wayne Minnaar of the Johannesburg metro police department.

About 300 protesters blockaded the highway and nearby roads with burning tyres.

Johannesburg Metro police department (JMPD) on Friday said officers were monitoring Lenasia South due to a protest in the area that blocked the roads, adding that the situation was calm at the moment.

About 300 protesters have blockaded the highway and nearby roads with burning tyres and other objects demanding service delivery.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the commuters from the informal settlement were saying that they wanted electricity and other basic services delivered.

“During the protest, one of the JMPD officers was injured and taken to the hospital and the vehicle was damaged,” said Minnaar.

He said the Golden Highway near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, has been reopened.

– African News Agency

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