N2 reopens after violent protest

2012-03-19 10:17

Cape Town - The N2 highway at Grabouw has been reopened after a group of people protested and reportedly stoned vehicles early on Monday morning, Western Cape police said.

An SABC crew was pelted with stones while broadcasting from the scene for the morning radio news.

"It is believed that the unrest was caused by education and service delivery issues," spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk said.

"The Slangpark informal settlement borders the N2 highway and people from this community and the nearby Chotzoben informal settlement, on the Old Cape Road, are protesting."

According to Eyewitness News, the protesters gathered early for a planned march to highlight concerns about overcrowding and the quality of education in the town.

The Grabouw and Elgin Civic Organisation will be joined by Proudly Manenberg and other groups.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the violence could also be politically motivated, and could be linked to a by-election to be held in the region.

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  • Annelise - 2012-03-19 10:28

    It is not "could be linked to by-election", for sure it is! Who said "We will make the Western Cape ungovernable!"

  • Pietertjie - 2012-03-19 10:39

    Skiet die bliksems.

  • jaz82 - 2012-03-19 11:04

    These trolls make like they the only ones that have problems/issues with how things are run, but let us throw a stone, then its life imprisonment.

  • Garth - 2012-03-19 11:38

    Zille is too soft to defeat the immoral and amoral, unethical, criminal anc. She should state outright that it is the useless, worthless anc's process of destabilisation in progress.

  • Mattewis - 2012-03-19 12:09

    The protesters were misinformed! The road-tolls & 60c/L fuel price hike is in Gauteng, not the WC! Damn, the service delivery of these rent-a-crowd people is atrocious!

  • EricksonTL - 2012-03-19 13:06

    As a born and bred Capetonian, my only questions to these protestors is how many of them come from Cape Town, and as far as the ones who DON'T come from Cape Town, why are they not in their villages, stoning their tribal elders for a lack of delivery? You can't move to a city you don't belong in, with no prospect of a job, and then throw your toys out of your cot because you don't get free stuff before the people who come from there do! Makes me so angry - same as when people who get bussed in from the Eastern Cape get RDP houses before coloured people who have been waiting twenty years!! Go throw stones at the ANC. They screwed up education. Tell them to invest in the Eastern Cape, so you don't have to move to Cape Town and other cities. Ask them where the jobs are. Don't expect the province that you invaded to pay for everything for you. Eish.

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