Cape Town traffic dunoon protests

Dunoon protests from 29 June 2019 – Photo: Rob Beezy / Twitter

Cape Town traffic: Roads closed as protest action flares up again

The anger and discontent from a set of evictions this weekend has spilled over into Monday morning, causing a Cape Town traffic nightmare for some commuters.

Cape Town traffic dunoon protests

Dunoon protests from 29 June 2019 – Photo: Rob Beezy / Twitter

After a series of violent demonstrations over the weekend, protesters in Dunoon have again taken to the streets on Monday morning, causing havoc for those trying to negotiate the Cape Town traffic from the N7.

N7 protests in Dunoon – what is the cause?

There were unsavoury scenes on Sunday when enraged protesters – said to be dismayed by a spate of evictions in a Dunoon informal settlement – responded with fire and fury. A truck was set alight between Plattekloof and Potsdam Road, causing an overnight closure of the aforementioned highway on Saturday night.

Cape Town traffic latest news for Monday 1 July

Just after 7:00 on Monday, it was reported that the protest action had again flared up near the highway. Although it currently remains open, certain routes towards the N7 have not been so lucky. The relevant Cape Town traffic disruptions include:

  • Burning tyres on Malibongwe Drive. Road closed, forcing drivers to take an alternative route.
  • Gie Road (South), Table View: Heavy delays towards Blaauwberg Road due to Malibongwe closure.
  • Disruptions have been reported on the R27 at Woodbridge.
  • Traffic lights at Koeberg Rd / Tanzanite St in Milnerton are out, as well.

What happens now?

Those protesting are either victims of the evictions or have family and friends being turfed out of their homes. One group told Newzroom Afrika that they would “not be going anywhere”.

They vowed to occupy the land for as long as possible – or until a housing agreement has been established with the City of Cape Town, who insist the structures are illegally built.