JMPD warns motorists to avoid Sandton ahead of Friday shutdown

Joburg motorists have been cautioned to steer clear of Sandton on Friday ahead of a planned shut down that could see as much as 10,000 protesters take part.

Various advocacy groups will take to the streets of the economic hub to protest against gender-based violence and xenophobia in South Africa.

The movement plans to disrupt the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and wants all Sandton businesses to close their doors.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says protesters are expected to arrive in Sandton from the early hours of the morning.

According to Minnaar, traffic will apparently be blocked off from as early as 3am.

Rivonia Drive will be closed between Fifth Street and Grayston Drive.

Maude Street will also be blocked off at Gwen Lane next to the JSE.

We're expecting approximately 10,000 protesters who will be dropped off mainly by bus at the Mushroom Farm Park on Diasy Street.

Wayne Minnaar, JMPD spokesperson

The buses will park at George Lea Park. We want to encourage motorists to avoid that area from very early in the morning until after approximately 2pm.

Wayne Minnaar, JMPD spokesperson

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