N12 between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp in North West closed due to protest - SABC NewsEnglish 

N12 between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp in North West closed due to protest – SABC News

Motorists have been advised that the N12 between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp in the North West is currently blocked with stones and burning tires by angry protesters.

They are unhappy with the ongoing water shortage in the area. Spokesperson for JB Marks Local Municipality in Potchefstroom, Jeanette Tschite, says road officials are currently directing drivers to alternative routes.

“Those coming from the Klerksdorp side should turn right onto Stilfontein Road towards the Mooibank area which will take them to the safe road on the N12. Then they will be able to continue their journey. Those coming from the Johannesburg side towards Klerksdorp should take the Mooibank route which will take them to Stilfontein Road and the N12 to Klerksdorp. They will then be able to continue their journey.”

Mandeni protests in KZN

A public protest is taking place in Mandeni on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Over two hundred angry community members have blocked the P459 to the mouth of the Tugela. It remains unclear what their concerns are. Provincial police spokesman Nkobile Gwala said the road remains closed but police are on the ground monitoring the protest.

She urged motorists to use other routes, “Members of the Mandeni community embarked on a public protest where they blocked the road with burning tyres, blocked the P459 road that goes to the Tugela Estuary again today. About 250 community members blocked the road with burning tires. Public order police and local police are on the scene to monitor and stabilize the situation. The road is still closed and motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal police said roads previously blocked by trucks on the R34 at Richards Bay on the north coast had reopened.

Videos emerged earlier this morning showing abandoned trucks blocking the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.

Provincial police spokesman Nkobile Gwala said traffic was now flowing freely. She says the trucks have also been removed.

“This morning at least four trucks were used to block the R34 road as well as the N2 highway in the eMpangeni area. Both directions were blocked but the road is now open and moving through.”

Mpumalanga protested

Businesses remain closed in Pienaar outside Mbombela, Mpumalanga, as protests against fuel hikes continue.

Bricks and burning tires were used to block roads.

The road leading to eMoyeni Mall in the area has also been closed for the second day.

The police are working hard to clear the roads.

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