VIDEO: Protesters block Malibongwe Drive

The ash of burnt tyres and rubble blocks the intersection of Malibongwe Drive and River Road.

Protesting unemployed Pikitup workers and other community members barricaded the intersection of Malibongwe Drive and River Road on 8 November.

The Randburg Sun is reporting live from the scene of protest action in Kya Sand. Motorists are advised to avoid the Malibongwe Drive and River Road intersection.

Posted by Randburg Sun on Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Burning tyres and rubble were moved in by the protesters to block the road. A heavy police presence was on the scene to monitor the situation.

According to eyewitnesses and community leaders, the police did not open fire on the crowd with rubber bullets or tear gas, with no other injuries reported.

The protest action comes after the workers and community leaders claimed that their demands were not met following a previous protest on 19 October.

ALSO READ: Rubbish strewn in the streets of Kya Sand

During the previous protest, the streets of Kya Sand and Bloubosrand were trashed with litter by community members.

City and Pikitup officials met with disgruntled informal settlement residents and the unemployed Pikitup workers to address their concerns on 22 October.

ALSO READ: City officials meet with concerned Kya Sand community

ALSO READ: Chamber worries about impact of protests on local business and industry 

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Reuven Blignault

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