Khayelitsha protest sees part of N2 closed

It's already causing heavy traffic build-up coming into town from Somerset West.

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CAPE TOWN – A protest in Khayelitsha has led to the closure of the N2 between Macassar and the R300.

It's already causing heavy traffic build-up coming into town from Somerset West.

Visibility is very poor due to smoke from burning tyres.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says: “Currently, police are on scene, including provincial and municipal traffic services. We have everything under control, but people have to take alternative routes because the road has been closed.”

The City of Cape Town's Richard Coleman says officials are on scene following an accident.

“We also have a serious motor vehicle accident that is on the N2 outgoing just before Spine Road. The N2 outgoing has been closed on the R300 where traffic has been diverted.”

This comes after at least seven people killed in traffic accidents over the weekend.

On Sunday, five people died in a head-on collision on the N2 between Riversdale and the Stilbaai turn-off.

Later that day a pedestrian was also knocked down on the N7 near Dunoon.

Africa says the weekend's first casualty was reported on Friday.

“On late Friday night, there was a head-on collision in which two vehicles were involved. The driver of the Amarok vehicle lost his life while six others were injured in the other vehicle.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)