The situation has become volatile in the Lenasia South region of Ennerdale in Johannesburg, as protests have engulfed major routes through to the city. It has been reported that blockades made from debris and burning tyres have caused a serious traffic nightmare for commuters on Thursday morning.
Although we’re awaiting official verification, it seems that the protests are linked to a recent spate of land invasions in Lenasia. The acts of land occupation have split the community, who also have their grievances with service delivery in the area and a rising tide of criminal activity.
Johannesburg traffic latest news for Thursday 1 August:
The R558 through Lenasia South has been blocked off by protesters.
Burning tyres have also been spotted on the K43 and Old Lawley Road.
Travel through Lenasia, Lawley and Ennerdale has been severely affected. Although some roads have re-opened, the flow of traffic remains heavy.
Heidelburg Road (City Deep) is also experiencing disruptions due to protestors.
Huge delays on Vickers Road between Southern Klipriviersberg and the M2.
In terms of finding an alternative route, those travelling through Ennerdale have been told to use Nirvana Drive and the Golden Highway to escape the chaos. The morning rush hour has been a nightmare to negotiate in the area, and the traffic problems are likely to last for most of the day.
Protests turn violent in Johannesburg
It’s understood that trouble first flared up on Wednesday night, with reports that some protesters acted recklessly toward road users and the authorities, getting violent with those who approached them. Rock-throwing was also witnessed during Thursday morning’s activity.
Some vehicles have also been torched in the ensuing chaos.