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Section of CT's N2 closed due to protests in Grabouw

Vehicles have also reportedly been stoned & officials have been forced to close a section of the highway.

Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Officials have been forced to close a section of the N2 Highway near Grabouw due to a protest.

Vehicles have also reportedly been stoned.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says, ""We've closed the N2 at Gordon's Bay on the Cape Town side of Sir Lowry's Pass and also on the Caledon side at Bot River. The alternative route to get to Cape Town from Caledon is to turn the left at Bot River and take Clarence Drive."

Sir Lowry's Pass Village ward councillor Johan Middleton says a spate of recent protests have caused significant damage to infrastructure in the area.

Demonstrations broke out in the community this week, apparently due to dispute around a local housing project.

Middleton says a group of people living on Transnet-owned land want to be given newly built homes.

However, these community members aren't meant to be beneficiaries of the project.

Middleton adds the demonstrations are causing havoc.

"They've damaged the streets with fire and it's created havoc in the area because people who live there can't get to work."

More than R1 million in damage was reported after protesters petrol bombed about 20 housing units in the incremental development area (IDA) project in February.