N2 reopens after Cape Town protests

2012-08-10 15:00
Cape Town - The N2 highway near Cape Town International Airport has been reopened after a service delivery protest disrupted traffic, officials say.

The highway was reopened in both directions, while the N2/Borchards Quarry airport approach road was also reopened, the City of Cape Town's disaster management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

The police and metro police will continue to patrol the area.

About 500 people gathered from 04:00 to protest over poor service delivery, burning tyres, blocking the roads and throwing stones at passing motorists.

Petrol bombs were also thrown at police officers, Solomons-Johannes said.

A nearby Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned on the NY108 road in Gugulethu. Journalists inside the vehicle escaped injury.

In another protest on Friday morning, about 50 people were gathered on the corner of Lansdowne and Eisleben Roads in Crossroads.

"The group of people are expressing their concerns regarding the proposed building of a mall in the area and are picketing with placards."

The City said the protest was peaceful.

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