CPT rocked by more protests

Philippi residents protesting over service delivery problems. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town law enforcement officials are having a busy Monday morning due to service delivery protests.

Protestors have gathered at the intersection of Duynefontein Road and Lansdowne Roads.

Disaster management spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons Johannes said, “Just after 5am, a group of protesters gathered. Police have been dispatched and the road has been closed in both directions.”

The Duynefontein Road intersection was the scene of violent protest two weeks ago by residents of the Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Philippi.

Authorities have advised motorists to use alternative routes as Weltevreden Road between Lansdowne and Vanguard Bridge is closed to traffic.

In Sir Lowry's Pass village, the road between the N2 and the railway line is also closed as a result of protest action.

Meanwhile, 62 people who were arrested in a service delivery protest on the N2 on Friday will appear in court on Monday morning.

Hundreds of protesters blockaded the highway near Mew Way, Khayelitsha with burning tyres.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said, “The motive for this protests action is service delivery. 62 people were arrested and will be charged with public violence and in terms of the violation of the national roads traffic act.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)