N4 protests result in fatality

Media Release
N4 protests result in fatality

Pretoria, 12 May 2023 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has learned with regret of the sad fatality of which occurred today because of the service delivery protests which have been taking place since Tuesday on the N4 route between Balmoral Interchange and the N4/N12 split near eMalahleni.

According to a report by the South African Police Services in Middleburg, an incident occurred in the closed off area where a vehicle said to be travelling on the N4 collided with a burnt truck resulting in one fatality. It is alleged that the vehicle made a U-turn on the N4 to avoid the protesters.

Solange Soares, Communications Manager from TRAC said protesters are no longer on the scene and the Eastbound carriageway has been opened to traffic.

“We are still assessing the damage and once completed our teams will start clearing the scene. The teams will also continue to do traffic accommodation until the clean-up is completed” she said.

SANRAL will continue to monitor the situation and update the public on further developments regarding the matter.

Road users requiring real-time information are urged to follow @TRACN4Route on Twitter or call the TRAC 24-hour Helpdesk in South Africa on 0800 87 22 64 (toll-free) or 082 881 4444 and in Mozambique on 800 9022.