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21 mars 2019 | 11h08 UTC

South Africa: Taxi protest amid Human Rights rally in Sharpeville March 21

South Africa Alerte de sécurité

Taxi to protest amid Human Rights rally in Sharpeville March 21; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 21/3/2019, 12h00 until 22/3/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Sharpeville

Event

Disgruntled taxi drivers are expected to protest in Sharpeville (Gauteng province) on Thursday, March 21, amid a Human Rights Day rally, which will be attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa at George Thabe Stadium. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are likely near the stadium. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

On March 20, taxi drivers blocked several roads with vehicles, burning tyres, and rocks, to denounce the government inability to provide appropriate infrastructures for taxis.

Advice

Individuals in Sharpeville are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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