Protest closes down Cape Town road

2012-08-13 14:18
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Johannesburg - Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha was closed on Monday morning after protesters blocked it with rubble, Western Cape police said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the section of the road between Mew Way and Spine Road remained closed by 13:00.

The situation was under control, but police would continue to monitor the area, he said.

Earlier, the city's disaster management centre said a group of about 200 protesters burnt tyres and scattered rubble in Duynefontein Road, between Lansdowne Road and Vanguard Drive, on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said a large contingent of police officers were on high-alert after information was received that various groups wanted to disrupt Cape Town.

Eight people were arrested for public violence, five by the SA Police Service and three by metro police.

Last week, more than 60 people were arrested following protests in Gugulethu. Petrol bombs were hurled at police officers and an Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the ANC Youth League was behind the protests in the Democratic Alliance-led city.

The protests seemed to be driven by the "reckless political rhetoric of the African National Congress Youth League and other groupings", she said.

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