N2 reopened after unrest in Grabouw

2016-05-13 11:27
Grabouw's traffic department burning after it had been set alight by protesters. (CICA, Facebook)

Grabouw's traffic department burning after it had been set alight by protesters. (CICA, Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The N2 in Grabouw has been reopened following almost a week of unrest, authorities said on Friday.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said the highway was reopened at 06:00 following an incident-free night.

"Police and traffic officials are continuing their patrols in this area as the situation remains tense inside the community," he said.

Protests began on Monday, after people who built shacks on land owned by the Department of Public Works last month were warned to leave.

Africa said the N2 was closed on Tuesday after rubbish was dumped and tyres were burnt on the highway.

Protesters also set alight the Theewaterskloof traffic department building. Firefighters were unable to get to the scene due to the violence.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday said he had met Provincial Human Settlements MEC Bongikosi Madikizela and Theewaterskloof municipality mayor Chris Punt to talk about the situation in Grabouw.

While he acknowledged the need for land and housing, Nxesi said the illegal land invasion could not be condoned.

He appealed to the illegal occupants to voluntarily vacate the land and remove their structures.

Twenty-two people have been arrested in connection with the unrest, police told News24.

Read more on:    cape town  |  service delivery  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.