Protesters torch truck on R555

Truck burns at Burgersfort. Picture: Independent Media

Truck burns at Burgersfort. Picture: Independent Media

Published Jul 13, 2015


Johannesburg - The R555 at Burgersfort was blocked by a burning truck after protesting Mampuru community members stopped it and set it alight on Monday afternoon, Limpopo police said.

“Travellers in that area are advised to avoid travelling on that road or to drive carefully. The road linking Burgersfort and Eerstegeluk is completely closed with burning tyres and stones,” spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto said.

“Motorists are also advised not to stop when people next to the road flag them down as if pretending to be hiking for a lift.”

Otto said police were deployed to the area. She advised motorists travelling in the area, especially the Eerstegeluk area, to drive carefully after members of the Mampuru community blocked the R555 and set a truck alight on Sunday night.

She said the main road was opened on Monday morning but that traffic flowing although some roads in the Eerstegeluk area were still closed.

Otto said no arrests were made yet and that the community was complaining about the building of a new road in the area that was promised but not yet implemented.


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