National Shutdown road closures

Police were called to disperse protesters on the N2 near Mossel Bay – Photo: Twitter

National Shutdown: Protests close THESE roads on Wednesday

A number of road closures have been reported during the National Shutdown on Wednesday morning – here’s what you need to know.

National Shutdown road closures

Police were called to disperse protesters on the N2 near Mossel Bay – Photo: Twitter

The National Shutdown is upon us, and it’s safe to say that things are already in full swing. Protest action across the country has led to road closures in some parts of the country – and most of this was reported BEFORE any of South Africa’s union members downed tools for the day.

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Several hot-spots in KZN, Western Cape, and Gauteng have already put police on high alert. There have been reports of rock-throwing on one of Mzansi’s major highways. Meanwhile, burning tyres and heavy debris have already caused havoc in several other provinces.

Service delivery protests have compounded the impact of the National Shutdown, too. Incidents have been reported in at least SIX provinces this morning, as gatvol citizens take their anger onto the streets. We’ve got a full list of the most significant disruption reported here.

Traffic disruptions and road closures reported on Wednesday 24 August


  • R74 near Muden: We have received reports that this route has been barricaded by National Shutdown demonstrators. Debris remains in the road.
  • R103 from Estcourt to Mooi River: SAPS have arrived on the scene, protesters are blocking the carriageway. Avoid south off-ramp for N3.


  • R307 and R315 through Darling: Both major roads have been blocked on Wednesday, and alternative routes are now advised.
  • The N2 from Dana Bay to Langeberg Mall: This route has been closed, after protestors threw stones at vehicles.
  • R317 in Bonnievale: An unapproved trade union strike is causing disruption here, with Bonnievale Main Road and Mountain View also affected.


  • Legwale Street: A service delivery protest has forced a road closure, with blockages caused by burning tyres and rocks.
  • Alex and Tembisa: Rumblings of discontent related to the National Shutdown have been reported, but exact nature of disruption yet to be verified.


  • N4 through Dinokawa: The highway remains closed in both directions on Wednesday, thanks to a pocket of civil disobedience.
  • R24 Rustenburg to Magaliesburg: A flare-up of trouble has caused a blockage near Manhaarrand.


  • R61 through Bizana: Travel from the Kokstad area is off-limits during the National Shutdown. This stretch of road was declared a ‘no-go zone’ this morning.


  • R536 to Hazyview: Protesters have blocked the road near Belfast, cutting off access to commuters in the region.