Residents in Alexandra (Johannesburg) launched a "total shutdown" protest on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, June 19, to denounce poor service delivery, housing issues, and crime rates affecting the Alexandra community. Demonstrators are reportedly blocking several roads leading into the area with burning tires. Localized disruptions, including transportation disruptions and congestion on alternative routes, are likely in the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Further similar protests are likely in the coming days.
Protests erupted in Alexandra on April 3. Alexandra residents called for a total shutdown of the area to protest against a perceived lack of response from police and city officials to prevent illegal squatters from moving into the township. Residents are also claiming that the local government has failed to solve roadway, housing, and other basic issues.
Individuals in Johannesburg are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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