Sandton streets closed due to protest

Johannesburg Metro Police say they are monitoring a protest in the Sandton CBD on Wednesday morning.

JMPD monitoring Grayston Drive amid protests in the Sandton CDB. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Metro Police say they are monitoring a protest in the Sandton CBD on Wednesday morning.

It’s understood the protesters are contractors at technology company Huawei.

At least 200 workers contracted to Huawei are driving at a snail’s pace to the head office in Sandton.

They’re returning company cars back to the office park after their contracts were terminated.

“We haven’t block the road. We just came here to drop their cars as requested by them after we were fired. With regards to the blockage of the road, one of the officers asked for a squad car to block one of the entrances in the building.”

It’s understood Huawei has decided to do away with outsourcing drivers.

It says it will be working with a single fleet management company which will be responsible for all the services.

JMPD’s Edna Mamonyane says Grayston Drive and Helen Road are totally closed at the moment.

Protest action in the Sandton area has resulted in closure of Grayston Drive. Picture by: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

“The information regarding the protest is a bit sketchy but there’s contract issues that they’re dealing with. Metro police and SA Police Service members are on the scene.”

In March, workers contracted to Huawei embarked on a similar protest.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)