Kanana and Top City youth protest for the third consecutive day by blocking the N12 between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom with burning tires and stones. Early this morning, protesters apparently hijacked a truck which they used to pull across the road. Local traffic succeeded in moving the truck, but protesters also packed stones and burning tires in the road. Motorists are warned to use alternative routes. The protesters are apparently aggressive towards motorists, and several vehicles have been bombarded with stones this morning.
Spokesperson for the protesters in Ward 19, Tebogo Ngomezulu, said protesters erected illegal houses next to Top City Clinic in the Freedom Village area on Sunday. He argues that there is a shortage of stands and as young adults they cannot live forever in the back room of their parents home. Ngomezulu says they will continue to protest and burn tirse until executive mayor Kgotso Khumalo meets them.
According to one of the staff at the Top City clinic, the huts were later demolished by a security company appointed by the J.B Marks municipality. The mayor’s spokesperson Victor Boqo says the mayor did not agree to meet with the community today because he was out of town.
Meanwhile, the road is impassable for motorists and alternative routes should be looked into for time and time, until the grievances of the protesters are addressed.