AS IT HAPPENED: Transport services disrupted as protests continue across the country

2019-04-11 07:28

Service delivery protests have sprung up in various parts of South Africa ahead of national elections in May.

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11 Apr 17:26
Protesting at De Wett road and Klip road in Ottery have resulted in current road closures at Strandfontein and Klip road.

11 Apr 16:55

City of Cape Town traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman has advised of the following road closures in Cape Town:

The N2 between Somerset main and Sir Lowry's pass is closed in both directions;

Spine road is closed between Mew Way and Jaftha K in Khayelitsha; and

Sir Lowry's pass between N2 and William Sergant street is closed.


11 Apr 16:45
A group of about 200 people are burning tyres in Wimbledon road, Blackheath and Mfuleni. Several roads are closed in the area (Range Road , Wimbledon and Butskop road) say Western Cape police.

11 Apr 16:41

11 Apr 16:38

Metrorail has advised commuters to use alternative transport as some of its lines are affected by protests in Cape Town.

Shuttle services have been provided from Cape Town to Langa, via Pinelands stations for the Cape Town to Kapteinsklip line.

The Cape Town to Chris Hani line has been temporarily suspended.For the Strand line, Metrorail services will be terminated at Firgrove station.


11 Apr 16:23

Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout on Thursday afternoon said people in Lwandle were moving towards the local stadium.

"A small shack has been built in the land of Uvest [Property Group] next to the police station and the Red Ants reaction team are monitoring."


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In Gauteng, Hammanskraal and Orange Grove, residents barricaded roads, and in Rus-ter-vaal outside Vereeniging and Gomorrah informal settlement in Pretoria West, police fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters.

In Cape Town, protesters used stones and burning tyres to block the N2 near Strand on Wednesday evening and residents in Khayelitsha burnt tyres as they voiced their frustrations.


11 Apr 16:00
The shutdown strategy of protesting shifted to Cape Town's Litha Park on Thursday where residents blocking key intersections in Khayelitsha complained about what they say is inaccurate water billing and disconnections over disputed amounts owed.

11 Apr 15:49

11 Apr 15:47

The City of Cape Town has issued a statement condemning violent protest, calling it "the politically instigated".

"There has been a dramatic increase in the number of protests in the last six weeks, resulting in damaged infrastructure, service delivery disruptions and massive inconvenience to residents," the statement reads.

Health facilities in the affected areas have been either closed or operating on skeleton staff.

So far, in April, 21 protest actions have been recorded by law-enforcement.

"Many of the protests are related to attempted land invasions and the actions of City law enforcement agencies, supported by the South African Police Service, to ensure that the ongoing attempts to invade City-owned land are not successful," the statement says.


11 Apr 15:45
MyCiTi N2 express service has been cancelled until further notice.

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11 Apr 14:48

#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: the Metro must make sure that it send plumbers and sewage people to come and unblock the blockage.

I want to give the mayor and the metro a chance. They must come and do it in the next few days. @lizTandwa


11 Apr 14:48
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: Human waste is just all over the streets here and we cannot allow that. @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:47

#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: We must remove the dirt from Alex. We just clean up Alex and it must be a clean place that people can live.

The Metro must embark on a programme to clean up Alex. I saw rats here.

We can't live with rats. It’s upon the shoulders of local government. @lizTandwa


11 Apr 14:46
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: What has disturbed me is the filth and the dirt that I see here. That is the responsibility of the local government. @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:46
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: We live in an orderly country were there is a rule of law. We are saying very clearly, those structures that were built wrongly must be removed. @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:45
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: We want the Metro to follow the by-laws. We won’t allow anyone erecting houses illegally on pavements. I’m f houses are erecting on illegal sites they will have to be removed. @lizTandwa

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11 Apr 14:38
President Cyril Ramaphosa address residents of Alexandra.

11 Apr 14:35
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: You say Alex is not a dumping ground. We are very thankful you have raised these issues.  @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:34
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: I have seen with my own eyes that sewage is spilling over Alex streets. I have seen that Alex is dirty and you don't want that.  @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:34
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: I heard you want houses but you also want invasions to stop. @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:33
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: Your message is very clear and it has reverberated and gone throughout the country that you people of Alex are sick and tired, you want better service delivery. You want people who are going to serve you better so your lives can improve. @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:32
Ramaphosa: I am happy to see these important people of Alex... but I see you are living under difficult conditions and you even have a #AlexShutDown @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:32
#AlexShutDown Ramaphosa: I have arrived here in Alex. Some are scared to come but I decided to come ? @lizTandwa

11 Apr 14:23
#AlexShutdown: Makhura now addressing the community starts by saying where is mayor @HermaineM @lizTandwa

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11 Apr 13:45

MyCiTi N2 Express Service suspended in Khayelitsha until further notice.

The N2 Express Service operating between Khayelitsha and the Cape Town Civic Centre station has been suspended until further notice.

The MyCiTi N2 Express service has been suspended in Khayelitsha until further notice due to protests.

Meaning, the D01 and D02 routes have not been operating this morning, 11 April 2019. This is in the interest of the safety of the MyCiTi commuters, MyCiTi personnel, and City assets.

The D03 and D04 routes that serve commuters travelling between Mitchells Plain and the Cape Town Civic Centre Station are operating.

Commuters can visit the MyCiTi website on www.myciti.org.za for regular updates; and follow us on Twitter @MyCiTiBus; or phone the Transport Information Centre (TIC) on 0800 656 463.


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Somerset West: Shops looted, bar emptied overnight

Looting continued into Thursday morning in Nomzamo, near Somerset West after a night of unrest during which businesses were targeted.


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