#ProtestAction is not an uncommon occurrence in South Africa. Motorists should be prepared in the event that they come across protest action unexpectedly.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng says that if you do find yourself at the centre of violence on the road‚ you may want engage with protestors to let them know you are no threat to them.
“It’s important that anyone driving in an area that may be affected by unrest, understands that SAPS will most probably have blocked off a road to prevent entry. Listen to the police‚ and don’t put yourself in any danger by disobeying them.”
If you do happen to find yourself in the middle of protest action, the AA suggests the tips to Arrive Alive:
Escape routes. Check for possible escape routes you can use‚ or for a police presence that you can approach for assistance.
Remain in the vehicle. Stay in your car as long as possible. Unbuckle your seatbelt‚ and those of any passengers‚ to be prepared to exit your car quickly. If the situation seems to be turning‚ leave your car and get out of the area on foot. Remember your life is more valuable than your car or any possessions.
Keep moving. Try and get as far as you can‚ whilst checking for possible escape routes. Beware of hitting any protesters with your vehicle as this may turn the mob against you.
Remain calm. Ensure that you are aware of what is going on around you. Do not taunt the protestors by shouting‚ gesticulating or hooting at them.
Seek assistance. If you do not see the police you can request assistance through your Namola app.