Serious disruptions to the N2 highway have been reported on Friday morning, as protesters from Mitchells Plain have taken to the streets to voice their anger. What started as a community demonstration has spilled over onto one of the busiest roads in the Mother City, causing some serious problems for Cape Town traffic.
Friday’s disruptions mark the second day of protests in the region. The first signs of discontent were spotted on Thursday. However, the evening commute was also interrupted, as burning tyres were wheeled onto the main carriageway.
The same roads in and out of Mitchells Plain – home to roughly 300 000 people and 30km outside of Cape Town – have also been targeted earlier this morning. It has not yet been established why the demonstrations are taking place, but issues with service delivery and housing have prompted similar actions in the area recently.
By 6:00, the R300 was shutdown between Jake Gerwel Drive and the N2. However, we’ve been reliably informed that the southbound carriageway has been open again. Access to the road still remains limited, as the N2 inbound and outbound routes to the R300 southbound ramp are still closed.
Update 189005: #RampClosure due to #Protesting: N2 Inbound and Outbound @ R300 Southbound ramp, #RoadClosure R300 South @ N2. has been reopened. #ProtestAction #SpeedKillsFacts pic.twitter.com/Xv75tQATLc— Cape Town FMS (@CapeTownFreeway) August 23, 2019
Several other disruptions on the highways have been reported, including:
The Cape Town traffic isn’t the only part of South Africa affected by disgruntled citizens on Friday morning. Reports coming in from North West confirm that taxis are blocking the integral R30 towards Klerksdorp. Drivers are being told to stay away from the Kanana region.
Fri, 23 August— RIOT & ATTACK info SA (@RiotAndAttackSA) August 23, 2019
North West R30: On the R30 #ProtestAction has been reported between Orkney and Klerksdorp, in the vicinity of the Kanana. The carriageway is obstructed by taxis and burning tyers. Avoid the area for your own safety.
There’s also a major commuter route in Johannesburg being held up by demonstrations:
Good Morning— Rea Vaya Bus Transit (@ReaVayaBus) August 23, 2019
⚠️NOTICE : #ProtestAction happening in Protea South along Alekhine/Ndaba Drive. F2 buses are only operating on Chris Hani Road (Turning at Protea Gardens back to Thokoza Park) until further notice. ^TM pic.twitter.com/sSzVdNvdLB