10 August 2012

South Africa: Cape Town Road Open After Protest

Photo: WCN
Protests (file photo): A wave of protests rocked the Cape Peninsula and the ruling ANC and its youth branch rejected claims that it was responsible for service delivery violence.

Cape Town — A main road leading into Cape Town International Airport was re-opened on Friday morning after a service delivery protest, a city official said.

Disaster management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said motorists could use Airport Approach road to access the airport.

The N2 highway remained closed in both directions between the Mew Way and Duinefontein offramps.

About 500 people gathered from 4am to protest over poor service delivery, burning tyres, blocking the roads and throwing stones at passing motorists.

Petrol bombs were also thrown at police officers, Solomons-Johannes said.

A nearby Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned on the NY108 road in Gugulethu. Journalists inside the vehicle escaped injury.

No arrests were made.

In another protest on Friday morning, about 50 people were gathered on the corner of Lansdowne and Eisleben Roads in Crossroads.

"The group of people are expressing their concerns regarding the proposed building of a mall in the area and are picketing with placards."

The City said the protest was peaceful.

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