Grabouw remains tense amid protests

2014-09-16 08:34
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town - The situation remained tense in Grabouw on Tuesday morning after service delivery protests broke out in the Western Cape farming town, resulting in school closures, looting and vandalism.

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The N2 was closed from the Eskom turnoff and Pineview North entrance to The Orchards farm stall.

A resident of Melrose Place said she heard shots being fired until about 23:00 on Monday night where informal housing near Gaffley Street had been broken down by protesters.

Police have lined Ou Kaapse Weg and Gaffley street to protect people wanting to walk to work.

Alternative routes

Buses and motorists were being directed along alternative routes in the Caledon and Gordon's Bay area under police protection.

On Monday night a relief unit of the public order police was sent to Grabouw, situated 65km south-east of Cape Town along the N2 highway.

The unit was to provide respite for units that had been battling to regain control after the protests spiralled into violence and looting Monday afternoon, Lieutenant Raldene Atson said on Monday night.

Reports of cars being stoned in the Pineview area were received on Tuesday morning.

Schools affected

Many residents have complained about pupils not being able to finish their exam papers on Monday and being sent home for their safety, although this has been denied by John Michels, chairperson of the Grabouw Civic Organisation and one of the main organisers of the protesters.

Schools will be closed on Tuesday and pupils will be sent home.

On Monday, a section of the N2 passing the town had to be closed for several hours after cars were stoned.

Oil was poured on the highway and later rocks and burning tyres were used to block access to the town.

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