Protest disrupts Cape Town traffic

2012-08-10 09:50

Cape Town - The N2 highway near the Cape Town International Airport was closed on Friday morning because of a service delivery protest, Western Cape police said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said officials were cleaning up the highway after about 500 people had gathered and burned tyres.

The highway was closed between the Mew Way and Duinefontein offramps but was due to re-open soon.

People wanting to get to the airport from Somerset West could use the R300 link onto Stellenbosch arterial.

If coming from the city, motorists could use the Modderdam offramp to access Borchards Quarry.

The City of Cape Town said the protesters had reassembled at 08:30 as officials were clearing the roadway.

Police formed a defensive line and warned the protesters to disperse.

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  • peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:57

    Go get jobs and stop demanding free services. If your precious ANC doesnt care enough to make jobs through policies like the youth subsidy march on parliament dont stop other people from working because you want everything for free

      tsotsibaby - 2012-08-10 10:22

      Sanitation, water, housing and other frebbies must be provided by the DA. Its not only about jobs. #Power to the people

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 10:36

      Why must it be provided by the DA? Why cant they get a job so they can move to a better area then? There is no work ethic anymore there is no determination why would you be willing to settle for the basics when if you put your mind to it you can get a good job etc. If others can do it so can they, dont bring race into it either. I've seen more than enough people of other races whether they be indian, coloured or black driving luxury cars and living in luxury areas if they can get there then anyone can. People need to re-evaluate their self worth. Also the DA cant give them that if the treasury run by the ANC government wont fund them

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 10:38

      @tsotsibaby - The ANC doesnt supply "Sanitation, water, housing and other frebbies" in the other 8 provinces, i fail to see why the DA must now provide those

      tsotsibaby - 2012-08-10 10:59

      DA pride itself of being a better alternative 'member? We cannot all move to suburban areas.How is that even good governance? Is this what you DA supporters call "better than ANC" ? #Power to the people

      lydonmcg - 2012-08-10 11:24

      NO. Do not march on parliament. The last thing we want is this uncivilised lot running about the CBD.

      nasheenar - 2012-08-10 11:26

      I dont see anyone asking Zuma and his possy to account for their service delivery.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-10 16:26

      Mr tsosti, We can also complain their is no sanitation and houses on the roads, but then again, that would be stupid, because We actually built the roads for cars and transport of goods. Go to the place where your vote counted.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 18:21

      @Getafix ~ It's best to ignore Tsotsi and giving him the title of Mr is ludicrous. This creep is a troll of note and best left alone to spew out of the wrong hole.

      christof.coetzee - 2012-08-10 23:39

      A person's character can be measured by the way he responds to bad situations. What type of person burns tyres in a road, throws stones at moving cars, vandalizes everything around him, even things that he relies on, kills others who dont want to participate and behave like him. Best of all, they always dancing and looking so happy while they are behaving like savage anarchists. This probably does not shock a lot of South Africans because they're so use to these low standards/morals.... I can fully understand why "some" people emigrate.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-10 10:02

    They are going to blame the ANCYL instead of addressing the problems…for f*$# sake start listening to the people for once and stop blaming others.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-10 10:08

      Had to deal with this situation this morning. Many of them were most certainly young lions with ANC colours. Just remember, there is only one party in this country that can openly admit having plans to render a city "ungovernable" simply out of political spite, and think that they are "fighting for the good cause". They have no future planning or foresight. Just passion, propaganda and anger.

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-10 10:11

      What makes these 500 people so special, that they should be listened too above everyone else? The population of that area is how big again, please remind me? And only 500 people are complaining? These are not "the people" they are just a small pathetic rabble who should be completely ignored.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-10 10:35

      this happens all over the country, why arent you so vocal when it happens in ANC provinces??

      derrick.dawson - 2012-08-10 10:42

      Exactly kolobe - Stop blaming others, get up off your ar$e and do something to improve your situation. Stop blaming apartheid, the white man, global warming, the colonialist ba$tards, etc. Please spread the message among your brethren.

      butch.poulter - 2012-08-10 10:49

      Listening to what people. the rabble with nothing to offer society as a whole. And why arent they striking in the other 8 bankrupt provinces.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 17:35

      You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out. It's just so obvious that it's the cANCYL behind it all and to think they're stupid enough to think nobody can see through this. Pure filth. I feel feathers for this bunch of rubbish that make no contribution to society other than to create mayhem and demand, demand, demand but do they ever think of paying? Sufffffeerrrrrrrrrrr!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 18:32

      @Kolobe ~ Seems the rest of the residents are also sick and tired of the cANCer YL as they're now telling the cops where a protest is going to happen. You still want to say cANCer isn't behind it?

      RinaazSamaai - 2012-08-11 15:38

      Hi tumisang.kolobe when drive past informal settlements the question come to my mind how is it that there are so many satellite dishes on the shacks and nice cars,who are paying for it? why not use the money spent on basic luxuries and use it take care of basic needs? also how do people in this day and age think putting up a hokkie in a field will have sanitation and electricity? maybe the DA will listen if people start showing and using common sense.

  • dorian.rossouw - 2012-08-10 10:06

    funny how these ANCYL low life comrades never auchisrate protests and babaric road strikes against their corrupt officials whos actually the ones who's failing them,such as the limpopo premier, and so many others.

  • ambauli - 2012-08-10 10:21

    'Whoo, girl! It's friday! I'ma get my protest on!'

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  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 10:36

    Its just we want houses, want schools, we want free electricity, free water! Nothing is for free! Its called get a job and work for it. If you want service delivery then pay for it. When things are given to you, with in a few days it is destroyed. Nothing in the world is free.

  • kobus.erasmus - 2012-08-10 10:39

    The ANC is just trying to disrupt the only province in this coutry that works.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-08-10 10:42

    Idiots they should go and protest in KWAZULU NATAL because the money was supposed to help improve delivery service It's currently building a useless R2billion zumaville.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-10 10:45

    Why are informal settlements allowed to form on a wetland, next to a key arterial route?

  • butch.poulter - 2012-08-10 10:52

    WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH. CANT WE AS TAX PAYERS DO SOMETHING??????????? I'm getting f@#$king tired of this.

      Lacrimose - 2012-08-10 15:31

      @butch - and the rest of the DA attackers. If you knew the machinations of CENTRAL govt to prevent the Western Cape from building houses or developing new suburbs. Most of the avail land is owned by the State (not the province) and getting the State to transfer ownership to the province is a game of cat and mouse. State govt require Provincial govt to do environment impact studies and this study and that research which they will review before deciding whether to transfer the land or not. These studies have an expiry. They wait until the study has expired and then say "sorry we never had time to look at it" do it again. It's a dirty rotten game, politricks and the very people they took an oath to serve, are the ones who suffer. It suits them because it keeps the hatred and fear of anything non-ANC alive and voters on their side

  • roy.lalu.3 - 2012-08-10 15:34

    Still living in the Bush where things are gotten for nothing. In a civilized society you have to pay for your needs. If you cannot pay, return to the Bush where its all for free. Simple, there are also no races in a Bush, simply different species.

  • Jane - 2012-08-10 16:41

    What on earth must the rest of the world think of us when they see this uncivilised lot running through the streets like zoo animals? Have some dignity people, atleast try not to act like you came from the bush! We want this, we want that, give, give, give, where does this mentality come from, and if you don't give, we will steal, damage, riot and act like hooligans, makes me sick!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 18:21

      Now they understand why there was apartheid.

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