Touwsriver protesters arrested

At least 26 demonstrators have been arrested following service delivery protests in the area.

A police vehicle patrols Freedom Farm in Belhar during a service delivery protest. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least 26 Touwsriver demonstrators are in custody following service delivery protests in the area.

Hundreds of residents caused traffic mayhem on the N1 on Tuesday, when they blockaded the highway with burning tyres and rocks.

The highway had to be closed for at least 10 hours.

Officers used rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

The police's Andre Traut said there was no sign of any further disruptions.

"They [the suspects] will make a court appearance on charges of public violence on Wednesday."

The Western Cape has recorded the highest number of service delivery protests in 2011.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma attended the South African Local Government Association (Salga) conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

He said criticism at government over service delivery was unfair as the country has achieved a lot in the last 18 years.