Streets in Pretoria being cordoned off for Obama visit

Several streets in the Pretoria were closed off on Tuesday in preparation for the visit of US President Barack Obama, the Tshwane metro police said.

Spokesman Superintendent, Isaac Mahamba said several streets in central Pretoria were currently closed off as a dry run for security measures for the coming visit by president Barack Obama.

Mahamba was unable to confirm which streets would be affected by the security drill due to security reasons, but according to reports Pretorius and Beatrix Streets were currently closed off. Motorists were advised to use alternative routes on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama is reportedly due to arrive in South Africa with his family on 28 June for his first substantive visit to Africa since he took office.

It is currently still unknown if President Barack Obama will make a visit to the ailing former president Nelson Mandela that is being treated at the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital.

Reports indicated that the Obama family are due to meet with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on 29 June before travelling to Soweto and then to Cape Town on Sunday. – looklocal