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Soweto Highway closed due to protest in Mzimhlophe

Johannesburg Metro Police Department say it is unsafe for motorists to drive on the highway.

The Soweto Highway has been closed by protesting residents in Mzimhlophe with burning tyres. Picture: @LillyAnn_Mfokng

JOHANNESBURG – The Soweto Highway has been closed by protesting residents in Mzimhlophe with burning tyres.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) say it is unsafe for motorists to drive on the highway this morning.

The residents are apparently protesting over land evictions in their area.

Metro Police’s Wayne Minaar has urged motorists to use other routes.

“Motorists can use Elias Motsoaledi or Klipspruit Valley Road as alternative routes. There’s also tyres being burnt on top of the railway line above the bridge.”

Metrorail's Lillian Mofokeng also says railway tracks have also been affected and services between New Canada and Mzimhlophe have been suspended until further notice.

“We have suspended all our trains for this morning. We normally operate about 20 sets on that route. The trains that are running are in New Canada, Orlando and Midway.”

It’s not clear what led to the protest, but police are monitoring the situation.

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