JOHANNESBURG – Protest action again erupted in Klipspruit, Soweto on Thursday morning with angry community members blocking roads with burning tyres.
Police believe their protest is linked to ongoing dissent over the appointment of a black principal at the Klipspruit West Secondary School.
Community members have said the process to appoint the new principal was flawed.
Despite insisting the matter is not a racial issue, the community is calling for a coloured principal.
Public Order Police were deployed to the area.
"There's a protest in Klipspruit West this morning. Community members hijacked a Putco bus and blocked the KR53 road in Klipspruit West and they are burning tyres,” said police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.
“Police have deployed the public order policing and also the police from Kliptown.
“We have interacted with community members (who) are raising the issue of the principal which we are going to engage further as the time goes on.”
Discussions between the Gauteng Department of Education and the community took place this week.
The Johannesburg Metro Police advised motorists to avoid the K43 or Klipriver Valley road.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said that the protest is affecting traffic on the N12 coming from the Lenasia heading towards Eldorado Park and from the northern side of Eldorado Park heading towards the N12.
“Motorists are advised to stick to the N12 and exit at the Golden Highway and then enter Eldorado Park from the main road. Avoid the K43 because of the obstruction and burning tyres," Minnaar said