Residents of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, have begun blockading entrances and exits of the township as part of the so-called total shutdown of the area on Wednesday.

The planned demonstration follows Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s promise to rebuild the illegal structures which were demolished last month.

In April, residents went on the rampage in protest over the mushrooming of illegal dwellings in Alexandra.

 

Vehicles can be seen making u-turns to try and find alternative routes to exit the area.

 

On Tuesday night, a small group of protesters burnt tyres and blockaded roads around the Malboro Gautrain station, however, police quickly intervened.

 

Police officers are out in the numbers patrolling the area and are monitoring the situation.

Some taxis are operating, however, this could be thwarted with all the debris being placed on the road that would soon make it difficult for them to move through the township.