Early morning protests close Cape Town roads

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Protest action in Cape Town has closed major thoroughfares.

The protesting on Tuesday morning has resulted in road closures on the R300 and N2 highways.

According to City of Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout around 50 protestors are on the roadway.

The R300 southbound was closed at Stellenbosch Arterial, but has since been reopened. The N2 incoming has been closed at Macassar Road. The N2 outbound is closed at Duinefontein Road.

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Old Faure and Spine roads are also closed, and Baden Powell Drive is closed between the N2 and Swartklip Road.

“All role players are in attendance,” added Bezuidenhout.

Head of communication at the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Jandré Bakker, added: "We urge road user to avoid the area until the road is declared safe enough to be reopened."

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed that officers have been deployed in Khayelitsha to police service delivery related protest action.

“The situation is being monitored to maintain law and order and no one has been arrested as yet. Our members will remain in the area until tranquillity has been restored.”

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