NEWSFLASH: Streets open after shanty towns protest

Roads are now open despite protesters barricading Bremer Street and Van der Hoff Road in the West of Pretoria earlier on Tuesday morning.

Residents of informal settlements are up in arms over “empty promises” by the Tshwane Metro municipality.

They claimed the Tshwane metro had made promises it had since failed to keep.

Around 04:00, they blocked off the Daspoort Tunnel which connects the western suburbs to the city with rocks and burning tyres to force people to stay away from work.

Their action prompted the Tshwane metro police to cordon off Bremer Street to stop motorists from entering the blockaded tunnel.

The metro bus service was suspended for the safety of the drivers following a recent incident when a bus was shot at.

A security source said the drivers were scared to drive the routes affected by the protest action.

Metro police spokesperson Inspector Phindile Molefe said her officers had cleared the street off the tyres and rocks and traffic was flowing as normal.

“Traffic is flowing now and officers are keeping a close eye.”

André Kruger, chairperson of Hercules sector 1 CPF, said the protesters had dispersed and the streets were open to traffic.

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