Two arrested for allegedly robbing motorists during Cape Town protests

2016-06-29 21:37

Cape Town – Two people were arrested during protests on the N2 highway in Cape Town on Wednesday night for allegedly robbing motorists with knives and a "replica firearm", said the City of Cape Town's JP Smith.

"While busy with road closures, members of the Safety and Security Directorate K78 Roadblock unit, with the assistance of the community, arrested two of the four suspects," he said.

A section of the N2 highway in Cape Town was closed earlier due to protests.

Protesters burnt two buses and allegedly stoned passing cars.

The N2 incoming was opened at about 20:00 but Smith said the N2 outgoing would remain closed due to the debris of the two buses on the roadway.

Earlier on Wednesday evening both sides of the highway near Airport Approach Road was closed.

(Photos supplied by City of Cape Town)

Smith told News24 the protesters were unhappy about the ANC councillors selected for the local wards.

“The unsuccessful candidates had mobilised the protesters,” he said.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko said he was waiting to hear from the councillor of Ward 40 to confirm whether the protest action was related to the candidate lists process.

Police officers are on the scene.

Read more on:    jp smith  |  cape town  |  politics  |  protests  |  local elections 2016

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