N3 reopened near Howick after protests
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N3 reopened near Howick after protests

Motorists can now access the N3 in the vicinity of Howick again after a night of violent protest action.  Demonstrators, who haven't been identified at this stage, pelted vehicles with stones. 

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The N3 Toll Concession, which manages the route between Cedara and Heidelberg in Gauteng, reported during the protests that the northbound carriageway – heading from Pietermaritzburg towards Johannesburg – had been completely blocked.

All lanes of the highway have now been reopened.

Meanwhile, an emergency responder has been admitted to hospital after last night's violent protest action.

Janine Wilson, who's with St Michael's Ambulance Service, says her colleague Ryan King was on his way to the scene of an accident last night but couldn't get there due to the demonstrations.

King, she says is believed to have stopped his vehicle and assisted police, who managed to quell the first wave of protests. But then they flared up again.

Among other things, King's been treated for smoke inhalation. At least one truck was set on fire by protesters.

Meanwhile, Newswatch's Bernadette Wicks has since spoken to King about his frightening ordeal. Listen to the full interview below.

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