The N3 near the Moor River Toll Plaza between Johannesburg and Durban was closed on Sunday night as several trucks were torched. According to TimesLive, protesters also fired live rounds at the police, and the national highway had to be closed down.
By early Monday morning, there was still no clarity as to what sparked the unrest, or who was involved.
According to some reports, anything between 10 and 23 trucks were on fire late on Sunday night.
Reports say as many as 15 trucks have been torched on the N3 near Mooi River.— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) April 29, 2018
UPDATE N3 MOOI RIVER PLAZA : 23RD TRUCK IN FLAMES NOW. TRUCK DRIVERS & OWNERS PLS AVOID AREA AT ALL COST!!!— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) April 29, 2018
N3 at Mooiriver a no-go zone. 15 trucks torched sofar and police reportedly attacked with live rounds. Truckers and other motorists to avoid area until its stabilized. #N3 @policepicsclips pic.twitter.com/9u6hAjPTev— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) April 29, 2018
Some trucks were still on fire early on Monday morning.
There were also reports of looting.
Protestors seen looting trucks N3, Mooi River Toll Plaza #Protest #trucksOnFire #N3 #looting #crime reports of 10 trucks set alight @TabloidNewsKZN @claudWaude @FatalMoves @MoeIssy @IamAlexSweet pic.twitter.com/5zY1IEbooe— The Ladysmith Herald (@ladysmithherald) April 29, 2018
Eyewitness News (EWN) reported on Monday that a clean-up operation was underway, but that traffic is still being diverted via the R103.
In KZN the situation on the N3 at the Mooi River Plaza remains tense and the clean-up operation is underway after several trucks were set alight last night – traffic is being diverted via the R103.— EWN Traffic (@EWNTraffic) April 30, 2018