N2 to Cape Town International shut

2012-08-10 09:38

Cape Town - About 500 people blocked a road with burning tyres near Cape Town International Airport on Friday morning, the city's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said people started gathering from 04:00 on the N2 highway, throwing stones at passing vehicles.

He said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

The highway was closed in both directions, between the Mew Way and Duynefontein off-ramps.

Motorists were being diverted onto the R300.

The highway was being cleared of debris and was expected to be re-opened at 08:00 but according to an officer at Cape Town International Police station the situation is still ongoing.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tweeted just before 07:00 that the N2 is currently being cleared and the roadway was being washed in order to reopen it as soon as possible.

Alternative directions to Cape Town International Airport from Cape Town - Google Maps

Or contact the Western Cape Provincial traffic department on 021 596 1999

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