R59 blockade against farm murders causes delays

The R59 highway in Vereeniging has been blocked with trucks and cars in a Black Monday campaign, protesting against the high number of farm murders.

The movement was started in Cape Town by a group called Enough is Enough after the murder of farmer Joubert Conradi e on his farm earlier this month.

Motorists have described how traffic is congested.

Traffic is badly affected by the protests, the intersection toward Henry Potgtgieter might be blocked, I don't see police or anyone trying to direct traffic.

Sam, 702 caller

I accidentally got stuck in a protest convoy on Ontdekkers heading toward town.

Gustav, 702 caller

A memorandum has been handed over to Midvaal Mayor, Bongani Baloyi.

Baloyi says it is important to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

All road closures on the R59 for me is important to resolve as quickly as possible because this is a significant and key economic route for Gauteng because we are attracting investment in that area.

Bongani Baloyi , Midvaal mayor

Its an issue across South Africa and local farmers are starting to feel it as well. It is important to us that we ensure that we protect our farmers and that law enforcement does their job.

Bongani Baloyi , Midvaal mayor

According to Eyewitness News, AfriForum’s Ernst Routs says that they are supporting a meeting in Pretoria but is not organising the protests.

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