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Residents dump human waste on highway

Law enforcement authorities are keeping an eye on the N2 following a violent protest.

Protesters blocked the N2 Highway in Cape Town. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some residents from informal settlements have started dumping human waste and burning tyres on the N2 near the R300.

Khayelitsha residents started protesting against the use of portable toilets nearly two months ago.

Several people were arrested in the so-called poo wars. Nine of them, including controversial former ANC councillor Andile Lili, are currently out on bail.

Earlier, a section of the highway was closed.

Traffic authorities say the road has now been reopened.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says, "Currently everything is under control but the road is extremely busy."

Police and traffic authorities are keeping an eye on the protesters.

Meanwhile, the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have condemned this kind of protest.

The ANC has also distanced itself from the dumping of faeces as a form of protesting.

In June, protesters dumped human waste at the Cape Town International Airport. Residents believe this is the only way to highlight their plight as they continue to live in unbearable conditions.