A section of the N6 highway in the Free State was closed to traffic on Friday morning after protesters threw stones at passing cars, police said.

Captain Harry Nagel said the highway was closed between Reddersburg and Smithfield. Reddersburg residents started throwing stones at cars on Thursday night.

“Apparently it started after community members were left standing when a community leader failed to attend a meeting on service delivery.”

Nagel said workers at stop-and-go systems for road work on the N6 also joined the protests, apparently out of sympathy. They abandoned their posts at the construction sites.

Traffic would be diverted at Smithfield to Bethulie to the N1

and at Reddersburg to Edenburg and then the N1. - Sapa