Motorists going to work and taking children to school were forced to use the N12 as an alternative route when Freedom Park and Lehae residents blocked the Golden Highway on Monday morning.
The residents were protesting over land and housing.
JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the protest started in the early hours of Monday morning where residents took to the Golden Highway, burning tyres and closing the road with rocks.
Earlier this year, the residents took to the streets, demanding that they be provided with housing stands.
Joyce Ngubani from Freedom Park told The Star that all she wanted was “a decent house as promised by the ruling party, the African National Congress.”