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Protesters block N2 highway

The N2 highway remains closed after protesters blocked it with burning tyres aand portable toilets.

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

CAPE TOWN - A section of the N2 highway in Cape Town remained closed to traffic as officers tried to clear the road of rubble following an early morning service delivery protest on Monday.

A group of people blocked the highway with burning tyres and portable toilets near the airport approach road.

It is not the first time protesters blocked that part of the highway after angry residents protested against the use of the bucket toilet system in April.

As soon as police arrived the crowd dispersed, but officers said they would continue to monitor the area in case a protest flared up again.

"Given the uncertainty around the protest action, airport users should arrive about two hours earlier for check in."

The protestors have since been pushed back from the busy road but it remains littered with rubble.

Western Cape traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "The part of transport and Sanral are busy cleaning the roads right now and we have a high presence of police and traffic officials at the scene."

The Cape Town International Airport had appealed to passengers boarding any flights to travel to the airport ahead of time due to the protests.

Airport spokesperson Deidre Davids says this should avoid any delays.

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