The N2 into George closed / 2 TRUCKS PETROL BOMBED

GEORGE NEWS - The N2 into George has been closed from the Garden Route Mall side, as well as from the Pacaltsdorp side, due to rioting in Thembalethu.

Alternative routes must be taken.

Traffic officials are in place.

There are unconfirmed reports that a truck was set alight near the N2 and that shops in Nelson Mandela Boulevard were looted.

There are also reports of rubber bullets being fired by police along Nelson Mandela Boulevard.

The cause of the protest action is not yet known.

GO GEORGE affected
GO GEORGE drivers living in Thembalethu cannot get to work, which will impact on the bus service.

At this stage, Route 12 Pacaltsdorp - Garden Route Mall and Route 14 Pacaltsdorp - Industria have been suspended, but more routes might be affected due to the drivers being stuck in Thembalethu.

GO GEORGE apologises for this inconvenience.

2 TRUCKS PETROL BOMBED

GEORGE NEWS - Police have confirmed that two trucks were petrol bombed on the N2 this morning during rioting.

According to Captain Malcolm Pojie, the trucks were torched near a footbridge.

"Petrol bombs were thrown at them," said Pojie.

He added: "Both Nelson Mandela Boulevard at Fourways in Thembalethu and the N2 between Pacaltsdorp and the Garden Route Mall are closed.

"No arrests have been made yet. Members of Pops and neighbouring police stations deployed to restore order and stability."

GO GEORGE UPDATE
All main routes are currently being serviced by buses, but due to a shortage of drivers who cannot get to work from Thembalethu, Routes 3 Blanco Community, 13 City Loop and 61 Pacaltsdorp Community via Syferfontein are not being serviced at the moment.

GO GEORGE is working round the clock to get these services reinstated as soon as possible and calls upon employers for understanding and patience towards workers who have no control over this situation.

More information to follow as it becomes available.


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