Cape highway blocked by protesters

2012-08-10 06:50

About 500 people blocked a road with burning tyres near Cape Town International Airport this morning, the city’s disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said people started gathering from 4am on the N2 highway, throwing stones at passing vehicles.

He said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

The highway was closed in both directions, between the Mew Way and Duynefontein offramps.

Motorists were being diverted onto the R300.

The highway was being cleared of debris and likely to be re-opened at 8am.

The police were not immediately available for comment. 

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