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Nine arrested after Philippi protest

Nine people have been arrested in connection with Philippi's violent service delivery protests.

Phillipi protesters damaged traffic lights and fire hydrant on 20 July 2012. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nine people have been arrested in connection with Monday morning's service delivery protest in Philippi.

Traffic officials were forced to close several major roads as residents of Sweet Home Farm barricaded roads with burning tyres and concrete.

Protesters were demanding electricity and proper housing.

Traffic lights were vandalised, while a Golden Arrow bus and another vehicle were torched.

The province has recorded the highest number of service delivery protests in South Africa.

The police's November Filander said the roads remain closed.

"The roads between Lansdowne and Vanguard Drive are still closed."

Meanwhile, provincial education officials are busy checking whether or not the violent protests have affected schooling.

Demonstrators took to the streets in parts of Philippi, Nyanga and Manenberg.

The Education Department's Paddy Atwell said, "Our officials are monitoring the situation. So far, we haven't heard anything [about schools being affected]."