Soweto residents have taken their protest over electricity to the N1 freeway, disrupting traffic in both directions between Randshow and Diepkloof, south of Johannesburg.
The residents are protesting over the ongoing power outages in Soweto. Motorists have been advised to avoid the Soweto Highway and N1 as Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar explains.
“Traffic is affected in Diepkloof where protesters have placed rocks and burning tyres on the Soweto Highway at the intersection with Immink drive. There’s also obstruction on the November 1 freeway at the Soweto on and off-ramps where motorists should be cautious. Officers are on their way to assist with the traffic. Chris Hani road is also obstructed close to Pimville. Motorists in Soweto can use union road as an alternative route this morning.”
ANC President promised to solve electricity problems in Soweto during election campaigning
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa had promised the people of Soweto that their electricity issues will soon be a thing of the past.
Soweto has been experiencing serious electricity problems compounded by cable theft, and sub-stations have been blown up.
But Ramaphosa said after meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Eskom will soon be working to resolve the electricity problem in Soweto.