Protestors close highways

2018-05-03 06:01

Stone-throwing protesters briefly caused the closure of the N2 highway on Tuesday morning.

“The road near the Shell Ultra City on the N2 towards Cape Town has been closed due to protest action,” Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa told News24.

The protests are focused on the area between Macassar and Khayelitsha about 50km south east of the Cape Town CBD, though Africa could not determine the cause of the protest action.

The protests may have an impact on people returning home following the long weekend and Africa advised that motorists exercise caution.

“ [The] N2 inbound is closed at Macassar exit as well as outbound at Baden Powell due to protest action taking place at the Shell Ultra. Motorists must please make use of alternate routes.”

There are no reports on cars being damaged or injuries as a result of the protests.

“SAPS, metro police, provincial traffic, [and] all role-players are on the scene safeguarding the area,” said Africa.

Meawhile the Jakes Gerwel Drive near Mitchells Plain was shut down, following a protest on Monday. Workers burned rubbish in the middle of the road, which led to the road closure, law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason said.

“A group of people who work at Siqalo informal settlement, between Jakes Gerwel Drive and Highlands [Drive] have an issue with a contractor,” said Dyason.

Traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said the road was reopened after city’s cleansing services personnel cleared it.

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