N3 protest intensifies, roads closed off to traffic

It’s understood a group of protesters have taken the keys from truck drivers who were travelling on the route, forcing them to block traffic.

N3 at Mooi River closed on both sides due to protests. Picture: Twitter @_ArriveAlive .

JOHANNESBURG - The N3 near the Mooi River Toll Plaza has been closed to traffic due to a protest.

It’s understood a group of protesters have taken the keys from truck drivers who were travelling on the route between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng forcing them to block traffic.

Officials say at least two trucks have been set alight while others have been looted.

The Road Traffic Inspectorate in KZN says the N3 and alternative routes; the R103 and the R52 have also been closed off, causing heavy congestion in the area.

Spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu Mali said, “We have been told two stories; South African drivers are protesting against foreign national drivers. The question is who burnt the trucks and who is looting? We are trying to get to the bottom of this.”