Article by: Emma Clayfield
Breaking News: The unrest, protests and looting sprees seen across South Africa in the past two weeks, seem to be far from over as disgruntled citizens resume with protests by taking to the streets of Sandton.
⚠️ Traffic Advisory— Jo'burg Metro Police Department – JMPD (@JoburgMPD) July 28, 2021
Protests action at Benmore & Lower Rd, Sandton. The situation is calm at the moment & traffic is flowing. Officers are on scene, motorists are advised to exercise caution. #JHBTraffic #JoburgRoadSafety
Reports emerged in the early hours of Wednesday morning that a group of disgruntled construction workers, who had not received their wages; had blockaded the streets of Benmore, a suburb in Sandton Johannesburg. The Protest action is reported to have ensued in Benmore & Lower Rd, Sandton.
Just received- Sandton riot, sporadic violence. Construction workers allegedly haven't been paid. Apparently also stole shotgun from security guard after attacking @JoburgMPD vehicle. https://t.co/SN0XKC3oM4 pic.twitter.com/lcEZBmpYaU— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) July 28, 2021
A viral social media tweet reported: “Violence is starting as rioters attack a @JoburgMPD member in a police car”. However the Johannesburg Metro police are visible on the protest scene and have confirmed that the injured guard is being assessed by paramedics.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) confirmed that a security guard was attacked by protesters in Sandton where construction workers along Benmore road are claiming they have not been paid their wages.
This is a developing story…