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Traffic chaos in Gauteng, as N1 ‘blockaded’ by go-slow protest

Traffic chaos in Gauteng, as N1 ‘blockaded’ by go-slow protest

Motorists in Gauteng have been subjected to more traffic chaos on Wednesday morning, after an organised protest brought parts of the N1 to a near-standstill. The southbound carriageway between Pretoria and Johannesburg was hit by a ‘go-slow’ demonstration.

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Tshwane Metro Police are monitoring the situation, and they are working in conjunction with their counterparts in Johannesburg. The department has provided us with the following updates, explaining the factors behind this latest highway blockade.

  • The ‘go-slow blockade’ is led by South African Towing Repair Transformation Board.
  • The purpose of the protest is to demand better rates and fair work distribution from the AA.
  • The gathering started in Pretoria at 8:00, and will conclude at 11:00 at the AA offices in Johannesburg.
  • There have been huge delays on the N1 in Gauteng as a result of this demonstration.
  • South Street, Centaurus Street, Olievenhoutbosch Road, Jean Avenue ‘must be avoided’ by motorists.

WATCH: GAUTENG TRAFFIC BROUGHT TO A CRAWL DURING GO-SLOW N1 BLOCKADE

These protests are separate from the ones we recently witnessed on the N3 and the N6, which were orchestrated by trucking organisations. A select group of lorry drivers parked their vehicles across ALL lanes of these highways, to rally against the employment of foreign workers.

PROTESTERS DEMAND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS

On Wednesday morning, the fleet of tow-trucks occupied the entire southbound carriageway, as traffic on the N1 was reduced to a slow grind. Commuters in Gauteng have been advised that there will also be disruption in parts of Johannesburg before 11:00.

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