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R335 re-opened to traffic after power restored to Motherwell

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 30, 2017
R335 re-opened to traffic after power restored to Motherwell

The Motherwell section of the R335, which connects Port Elizabeth in the south to Somerset East to the north via Addo, is open again after a protest by residents from Ward 54, who blocked it off with burning tyres and rubble, ended on Monday at lunch when power was restored to the area.

Over the weekend, the residents had agreed to take to the streets after a power outage that affected the area since Saturday afternoon.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the blockade began at around 06:00am. 

“The road was opened by 10:30, but violence erupted again just after 11:00 with stones also being thrown at passing vehicles and also blocking the R335 and R334 crossing serving Addo, Coega, Motherwell and Uitenhage,” he described.

“SAPS Public Order Police Unit needed to forcefully disperse the protesters at the crossing making use of stun grenades and rubber shotgun rounds to safeguard motorists that was passing the area.”

Power supply was restored at around lunch time.

“Fortunately, electricity was restored by 13:00 to the greater part of Motherwell that was affected, and SAPS have been notified that the electricity supply to NU29 will follow shortly,” Beetge said.