Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin platinum mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP.

Johannesburg -

Roads around the Johannesburg City Hall will be closed on Thursday from 1pm until the end of a memorial service for the victims of Lonmin mine's Marikana shootings, Johannesburg metro police said.

Motorists were advised to avoid roads near the City Hall. Traffic would be diverted past Simmonds and President streets, and the corner of Harrison and President streets, spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

“We are expecting a lot of people to attend the service, hence the closure of these roads.”

Roads would also be closed around Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on Thursday because of the Joy of Jazz festival. Jeppe and Bree streets would be closed where they joined Henry Nxumalo and Miriam Makeba streets from 5.30pm until 2am, Minnaar said.

These roads would be closed at the same time on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the roads would be closed from 1pm until 7pm. - Sapa