'N2 protests are damaging the economy'

Cape Chamber of Commerce President Janine Myburgh says it is not right that protests on the N2 are preventing people from going to work.

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CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says violent protests along the N2 highway have reached an unacceptable level.

Traffic was thrown into disarray on Monday when officials closed off a section of the N2 between Spine Road and the R300.

Protestors demanding electricity were burning in tyres and rubble.

The road had to be closed again on Tuesday morning because reeds along the side of the road were set alight.

Chamber President Janine Myburgh says the protests have infringed on the rights of other residents.

“We can understand that people are exercising their democratic right to protest. But when a main route in the city is blocked and people are prevented from going to work, then it is no longer a protest action but an economically damaging action.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)