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More Cape Town roads closed as protests engulf the city

Traffic nightmares across the Mother City.

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A stretch on Govan Mbeki Road in Cape Town has been rendered inaccessible, as it has been blocked by ongoing protests in and around the city.

Recent unrest over housing and land have seen law enforcement working overtime to literally put out fires, as residents have taken to the streets to voice their unhappiness over the slow pace issuing housing.

According to News24, the most recent of these has seen residents torch a municipal vehicle on NY1 and Govan Mbeki, also blocking access for fire and rescue officials attending the blaze.

“Officials were unable to extinguish the fire due to the volatility of protesters in the area,” said City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne.

However, that was not the only scene of unrest as, according to Cape Town traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman, protest action has also led to Duinefontein Road being temporarily closed as well.

“This led to Duinefontein being closed between The Downs and Old Landsdowne Road in both directions. We also have Govan Mbeki closed and Vygekraal Road,” Coleman told the publication.

According to Coleman, the community of Hawston is also staging a protest, which has rendered Hawston Road from Fisherhaven inaccessible.

Over the weekend, the Parkwood community took to the streets, also voicing their displeasure in protests which involved an attempted land invasion, as they erected structures in a vacant stretch of land.

Those were torn down by the Red Ants, leading to clashes between some members of the community and the police.

The unrest carried on until midweek, forcing the City of Cape Town to close a stretch of Prince George Drive on Wednesday, as protests carried on into Thursday afternoon.

There were also protests reported in Bo-Kaap, with Wade Street blocked by burning tyres as residents protested over a hike in municipal rates.

Also read: Hermanus land owners agree to sell land to government following protests