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Sanitation protest in CT

Protesters blocked off a section of the N2 highway with burning tyres and rocks.

The Cape has been hit by a series of protests over sanitation in recent weeks.

CAPE TOWN - Traffic was disrupted along a section of the N2 in Cape Town on Friday morning because of protest action thought to be linked to ongoing demonstrations over sanitation issues.

The protest erupted late on Thursday night when a crowd blocked off the highway with burning tyres and rocks.

It was the latest in a string of incidents in the mother city.

On Tuesday, a group of people dumped human waste at one of the entrances to Cape Town International Airport.

It came just a few hours after several hundred Khayelitsha residents staged a march in the CBD under the banner of the Social Justice Coalition, calling for improved sanitation services.

Nine people were arrested in connection with the airport incident and appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The suspects who are believed to be ANC Youth League members were charged with public violence.

A large group of people gathered outside the court and said they were angered by the fact that the suspects were not released.

The state opposed the bail application of the accused, aged between 22 and 53, saying it needed more time to investigate.

Six of the accused are already linked to a similar cases where human waste was dumped.

The men will make another court appearance next week Thursday.

More than half a dozen incidents of human waste being used in protests have been recorded since the beginning of June.