N1 protesters to be charged after scuffle with JMPD

Eight Teti Traffic employees went on strike today, bringing traffic along the freeway to a standstill.

Striking Teti Traffic workers block the N1 North Highway at New Road on Tuesday 3 May 2016. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department says they have arrested eight people for protesting on the N1 highway in Midrand.

The eight are employees of Teti Traffic, a South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) service provider, whose workers went on strike today bringing traffic to a standstill.

They are demanding a salary increase of 130 percent, saying they have not received a pay hike in the last four years.

Teti Traffic is in the process of obtaining an urgent interdict to stop its employees from striking.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says the eight arrested will be charged for public violence.

"Three men and five women were on the freeway, causing a major disruption. Officers had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd when they also started throwing stones at officers. The protesters will be charged at Midrand Police Station for public violence."