Protesters set bus alight

CT protests spiralled out of control when protesters set a bus alight.

CT protests spiralled out of control when protesters set a bus alight.

CAPE TOWN - Several roads into the Cape Town city centre were closed on Monday morning, as three groups of protestors took to the streets.

Parts of Lansdowne Road, Vanguard Drive and AZ Berman Road were all closed.

Eyewitness News has also learnt that protestors have placed tyres on train tracks in Nyanga under the Lansdowne Road bridge, causing delays of up to 30 minutes.

The Golden Arrow bus service has also confirmed the torching of a bus nearby this morning.

The bus company's spokesperson, Bronwyn Dyke said: "The driver has sustained facial lacerations as a result of stoning and three passengers were also injured while leaving the bus, they are receiving medical attention."

Dyke said their buses operating in the affected areas are being diverted.

Meanwhile, Metrorail reported delays of up to 30 minutes on the Nyanga line, after burning tyres were placed on the tracks in the vicinity of the Lansdowne Road bridge.

PHILIPPI ARRESTS

Two people have been arrested in the service delivery protest near Philippi.

Residents from Sweet Home informal settlement have blocked a section of Duynefontein Road.

They are demanding electricity and houses.

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of about 500 people.

However, demonstrators did not vacate the road easily; they retaliated by pelting police with rocks.

The road is still covered in debris while traffic lights were vandalised.

In addition, traffic has come to a complete standstill on Vanguard Drive.

Protestors have blockaded the road.

Motorists on their way to Mitchells Plain on Vanguard Drive have been forced to turn around.

When officials closed off the road, protestors made their way to the closed off section and stoned several passing cars.

It is not clear if the protests are linked.

I'LL LISTEN - DE LILLE

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, meanwhile, has appealed to protesters to use the correct channels to voice their grievances.

She said destructive illegal protests are costing the city thousands of rands.

"We respect the rights Capetonians have to protest within the framework of the law. The damage done to traffic lights and our roads cost a lot of money to repair."

She said she is always willing to listen to concerns.

"Since I have become the mayor I have had an open-door policy, where I listen to people's concerns. I am appealing to people to act within the framework of the law."

De Lille said protesters must first turn to their ward councillors before resorting to illegal demonstrations.

"Use the existing government channels, which are there to communicate, including their ward councillors. They must raise grievances with heir ward councillors and hold them into account."