Councillor explains N2 protests

A councillor says lack of development in their area has led to the violent protests on the N2 highway.

Protesters burnt tyres on the N2 Highway on 18 April 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ward councillor for the Thabo Mbeki informal settlement in Philippi East on Thursday said there are many issues which led to a service delivery protest by residents.

The R300 was closed off to traffic as a result.

On Thursday, the ingoing and outgoing lanes on the highway were closed after angry residents took to the streets burning tyres and a container toilet.

Residents were protesting over housing issues in the area.

Traffic on the N2 at Borchards Quarry was redirected for several hours.

Councillor Thobile Gqola said residents are unhappy about the lack of services being rendered in the area.

"The community has been there since 1996 and nothing has been done to improve the place. People are unhappy about sanitation, which is linked to housing."

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's JP Smith said they have deployed police officers to patrol the area.

"Unfortunately, everybody else now becomes a victim. That means we have to withdraw police officers from other areas where they are desperately needed. We have to patrol the N2 to ensure motorists' safety."