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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

M1 highway in Joburg blocked off in both directions following shootout

The highway has been blocked off between Xavier Street at Gold Reef City and Booysens Road

Motorists travelling along the M1 North and South highways have been urged to use alternate routes due to a road closure and active crime scene.

The highway was blocked off between Xavier Street at Gold Reef City and Booysens Road on Thursday following an alleged intense shootout between police and suspected criminals.

It is understood the shootout happened after the suspects were followed from Springs on the East Rand on Wednesday night. For more on the shooting, read here.

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There is currently a heavy police presence at the scene.


Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Xolani Fihla urged motorists to exercise caution.

β€œThe M1 freeway remains blocked off to traffic in both directions between Xavier Street and Booysens Road. This is due to a crime scene following a shootout between police and criminals last night.

β€œThe South African Police Services is currently processing the scene. Traffic travelling on the M1 North is being diverted at Xavier Street. Traffic travelling on the M1 South is being diverted at Booysens Road. Motorists are urged to be aware of these closures and use alternate routes,” Fihla said.

This is a developing story

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