Cape Town protest causes road closures


CAPE TOWN, May 2 (ANA) – Protest action on Jakes Gerwel Drive near Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town has caused damage to property and forced a number of road closures, the City of Cape Town confirmed on Wednesday.

According to City officials, Jakes Gerwel Drive was closed between the R300 and Highlands Drive, while other road closures included key arteries Weltevreden and Morgenster, and Varkensvlei roads, as well as Highlands and Fulan.

Protestors set alight an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at a petrol station, while a fruit and veg stall and a vehicle was also gutted during the protests which apparently center around the vacant land for housing.

According to the City of Cape Town, traffic lights were also damaged and an amapela taxi stoned.

Richard Bosman, director of the City’s safety and security directorate, said by late morning the situation was still tense and volatile.

– African News Agency (ANA)