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The protest that has hit several parts in Pretoria from the morning of the 12th of July which many assume to be the “Free President Jacob Zuma” protest which has affected a few parts of the country is alleged not actually to be related to the former South African President Jacob Zuma but described to be service delivery protests.

As stated by Rekord, the protest affected a few parts of Pretoria and leading to roads being blocked. Protest action yesterday morning affected Tsamaya Avenue, Simon Vermooten in Waltloo and Solomon Mahlangu Drive in Mamelodi. The R101 road in Hammanskraal was also reportedly closed this yesterday morning also due to the protest actions.

The Mamelodi community police forum member Eddie Mnguni said the Protest action at Tsamaya Avenue not far from Mamelodi Mall was about service delivery. Protesters are complaining that they have been without electricity for about four days,” Mnguni explained.

Some twitter posts coming from different sources alerting and issuing out an awareness to residents have been making rounds updating people of what is taking place.

“Mamelodi Pretoria: Roads barricaded: Avoid Tsamaya and Simon Vermooten.,” Yusuf Abramjee with the twitter handle @Abramjee wrote on July 12, 2021.

Levy explained that the roads are still closed and the police are on the scene. “The police are at the scene now containing the situation.”

Themba CPF chairperson Levy Matjila also confirmed that there were protest actions on R101 road in Pretoria North. “It is not a political protest but those people are protesting to get electricity in their area,” he said.

Rob Beezy @Traffic SA also wrote “#ShutdownSA spreading through the city of Tshwane this morning #Pretoria #Hammanskraal,” said in July 12, 2021.

From the past week, several protest actions took place in Kwazulu-Natal leading to a number of trucks and cars being burnt. The protest expanded up until it reached Johannesburg CBD on Sunday the 11th of July. President Cyril Ramaphosa called on communities in KZN to discontinue with undermining the rule of law and imposing damage on the economy.

By: Mpho Khena.

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