Protesters block part of Cape Town highway

2013-06-28 11:27
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Cape Town - Cape Town residents blocked a part of the N2 highway near the airport on Friday morning in protest against poor service delivery, Western Cape police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the highway, near the Mew Way off-ramp, was closed at various stages because of the protests, which started late on Thursday night.

Residents burned tyres, blocked the highway with objects, and threw human faeces onto the road.

"Police members were deployed to the area to maintain law and order, and at around 05:00 the road was finally reopened," he said.

Protests about sanitation issues in Cape Town have resulted in numerous closures of the N2 and arrests for dumping human waste.

Earlier this month, 183 people were arrested for public violence at the Esplanade railway station after police caught them allegedly carrying portable flush toilets and human waste in blue municipal bags placed in milk crates.

ANC councillor Loyiso Nkhola and former councillor Andile Lili were among those arrested.

All were eventually released on warning.

At the bail hearing of some of the alleged "ringleaders", police revealed that 17 dockets had been opened for similar protests along the N2 since February.

Between 10 April 10 and 22 May, this stretch of highway was closed for almost 40 hours.

Cape Town International Airport was also affected by the sanitation protests.

In a letter read to the court, assistant airport operations manager Mark Maclean revealed that the protests had resulted in 10 hours of delays, amounting to an aviation loss of around R500 000.

In the latest development, nine men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon for allegedly dumping human waste at the airport and attempting to flee.

The Cape Times reported that Nkhola and Lili were in the group and that they would be detained until their bail hearing on Tuesday.

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