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N2 highway clear after protests

The N2 Highway was closed at the R300 as a result of protest action.

Protests took place the N2 at the R300 on Tuesday 20 August 2013. Picture: Lucille Botha/Landbou.com

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town motorists were forced to endure an extended peak hour on Tuesday when the N2 Highway was closed as a result of protest action.

The traffic department had to divert vehicles as protestors took to the N2 between the R300 and the Airport approach road for the latest in a string of protests in the area.

Authorities managed to clear the road just after 7a.m.

It's unclear what Tuesday's protest was about, although it was thought to be linked to the so-called 'poo wars' that started a few months earlier.

Protestors, unhappy about their access to sanitation, would fling human waste on the highway and at passing cars.

There were also a number of incidents where protestors dumped faeces at the entrance to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature and at Cape Town International Airport.

On one occasion, Cape Town police arrested more than 180 people including former ANC councillor and suspended Youth League member, Andile Lili at the Esplanade train station in Woodstock.

They also confiscated sealed bags of faeces that were apparently meant to be dumped outside the provincial legislature in the Cape Town CBD.