Cheryl Kahla
Deputy Online News Editor
2 minute read
10 Jul 2021
11:08 am

Gauteng Shutdown: Protesters call for the closure of these major roads

Cheryl Kahla

A pro-Zuma "programme of action" calls for the shutdown of major roads and economic hubs in Gauteng.

Vehicles on the N3 motorway. Photo: iStock

Supporters of former President Jacob Zuma are calling on “fellow residents of Gauteng” to take the ‘KZN Shutdown’ movement from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng.

On Saturday, protesters were attempting to slow traffic in the East Rand.

Gauteng shutdown: What we know

A “programme of action against unjust behaviour of the SA courts” is being shared on social media and WhatsApp, calling on supporters of Zuma to shut down all major roads in the province.

Protesters who aren’t situated near major city roads are urged to close all entrances to centres and economic hubs.

WATCH: JHB burning amid ‘Gauteng Shutdown’ protests

The following roads are considered hotspots:

  • N3 Vosloorus
  • N12 Witbank, Daveyton Etwatwa
  • N4 Witbank Bronkhorstspruit on the Moloto Road
  • N1 Hammanskraal
  • N4 Rustenburg Brits/Atteridgeville
  • N14 Olievenhout/Diepsloot
  • R28 Bekkersdal/Mohlakeng
  • N12 Kimberly
  • N1-FS Orange Farm/Evaton
  • R58 Vereeniging, Thokoza
  • M2/N3 Alexandra
  • R21 Tembisa

The authenticity of the list could not be confirmed at the time of publishing.

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Lacking support from Gautengers

Some Gauteng citizens were having none of this, saying on social media this “call to action is not going to happen in Gauteng, we don’t defend criminals here”.

Another user thanked the poster for the list, saying they will “forward it to Saps asap”. Another user said on Twitter:

“You will block these roads alone, we came here for money, not Zuma”.

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KZN shutdown: Arrests underway

Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal. law enforcement officials are mobilising along major routes to “deal with the criminal elements are responsible for recent incidents of lawlessness”, the provincial police commissioner said.

“We will be focussing on enforcing the regulations of the disaster management act more especially the convening of illegal gatherings as well as those that are not observing curfew regulations”.

Cleanup operations are currently underway along the N3 in Mooi Plaza after the entire roadway was closed on Saturday morning when five trucks were set alight, bringing the total number of torched trucks to 25.

Most of the trucks were set alight on Friday afternoon when protestors in support of former President Jacob Zuma took the streets.