Alexandra protests could cause another shutdown

The Johannesburg metro Police Department (JMPD) were on high alert on Tuesday evening when the Total Shutdown Movement began protesting in Alexandra Township. Police were monitoring the situation throughout the night.

On Wednesday morning residents began blocking some roads in the township as part of their protest against the illegal structures. This follows the destruction of 80 structures by the Red Ants near the Jukskei River which the City of Johannesburg has decided to rebuild.

Protesters say they have been ignored by the government and have no choice by to shutdown the township.

This is the third protest since March and residents say they are tired of bad service delivery in the area.

Total Shutdown leader, Sandile Mavundla said there has been no progress since president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed residents in the township before the elections and they will bring businesses, residential streets and public transport to a standstill if there is no resolve.