JOHANNESBURG: Gauteng public order police have been deployed at the Diepkloof hostel, where angry members of the community were protesting over a loss of electricity in the area.
The police have appealed to motorists to avoid the area, after some cars were reportedly stoned in the area.
Roads affected include the nearby N12 and Chris Hani Road.
The Diepkloof community has reportedly not had any power since about 9am on Thursday morning, leading to much frustration and angst for residents.
Please advise what is going on in Diepkloof is it a schedule loadshedding since 09h00 still no electricity. We are working from home and nothing is said as to when it will come back
— Lerato Siko (@Pretty_Lerato) August 19, 2021
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said public order police were deployed to the area at about 3.30pm, after they received reports of the protests.
“There is a protest by Diepkloof hostel dwellers that is under way, it is reported that they are complaining about not having electricity at the hostel,” Masondo told Talk Radio 702.
Stone throwing @ Diepkloof interchange #Traffic #NosiviweMapisaNqakula
— Mooketsi (@mokuam) August 19, 2021
@JoburgMPD N12 near diepkloof interchange residents from hostel are closing the free way with stones
— Bonelo_Sbusiso Ndlovu (@Bonelo_Ndlovu) August 19, 2021
He said police had since deployed public order policing units to monitor the area, and urged motorists to avoid the area around the Diepkloof hostel.
He also said rocks, which had reportedly been placed on the road by protesters, had since been removed by SAPS.
“We were notified at about 3.30pm and we immediately dispatched the public order policing to the area. The matter was reported to the Diepkloof Police Station. The first police station was Diepkloof but, since they were dealing with a protests, they required the public order policing, so we needed public order policing to go there immediately,” said Masondo.