On Wednesday (07 Oct) in and around the City of Ekurhuleni, EMPD Officers from Precincts and Specialized Services were on high alert before, during and after the national planned strike by different trade unions.Between 12h15 and 12h30 in Germiston area by the Civic Centre, a group belonging to a certain trade union, of plus minus three hundred (300) peaceful participants, delivered a memorandum of demands to the delegated MMC, before the cooperative assembly dispersed. Throughout the day, there were reports of legal gatherings, marches and demonstration like in Kempton Park area. Just after lunch time, a peaceful group was spotted, at the corner of CR Swart and Monument, the flow of traffic was temporarily affected but SAPS and EMPD Members escorting demonstrators, sped up the process.At 12h05, the EMPD Freeway Unit Members responded to trucks blocking a thruway complaint, in Vosloorus area.
The N3 freeway direction south between Leondale and Barry Marais off ramp, came to a standstill until 13h30, due to an articulated motor vehicle (truck with 2x trailers), parked intentionally across the freeway, preventing other motorists to pass. The private car towing company on standby, was summoned and the truck causing obstruction, was safely removed to the verge. The SAPS members from Vosloorus police station, were on site taking statements from a male truck driver in his 40s, claiming that he was forced to block the freeway by unknown people, before they drove off in a Light Delivery Vehicle, taking along his truck keys.The EMPD Officers with other Law Enforcers, will continue to be visible and monitor public roads, places of interests, including freeways.