Friday morning saw a couple of Cape Town protests erupt. Residents of Mitchell’s Plain and Hout Bay took to the streets, to display their frustrations by barricading roads with burned tyres and destroying government property.
As reported by Times Live, traffic was at a standstill in both communities.
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Mitchell’s Plain protests affect traffic and power
#sapsWC #SAPS deployed in Hout Bay where #ProtestAction erupted in front of the police station regarding the demolishment of informal structures in the area. In Siqalo in Philippi protestors have set tyres alight in Vanguard Dr in an apparent service delivery related issue. ME pic.twitter.com/xXVKHbDCLG
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) April 26, 2019
In Mitchell’s Plain, protesters from the Siqalo informal settlement caused heavy backlogs in traffic on Jakes Gerwel Drive, a key route for travellers that want to connect to the N2 highway as well as the northern parts of the city.
Burned tyres and rubble forced authorities to close off the busy road, as well as Highlands Drive and Weltervreden Road.
It is not certain, as yet, what the reason behind the protests are.
However, since 9:00, Our City — a community-driven current affairs network — confirmed that the unrest had died down and that all roads had been reopened.
Update – Mitchell's Plain – all roads re-opened.
— OurCity (@OurCityCT) April 26, 2019
Unfortunately, thousands of residents in Mitchell’s Plain have been left without power, law enforcement inspector, Wayne Dyason, revealed.
Dyason noted that protesters managed to destroy a transformer, two distribution kiosks and a cable.
The inspector did not confirm when maintenance work would begin to restore power in the region.
Neither was he able to confirm if any arrests related to the vandalism had been made.
In Hout Bay: Imizamo Yethu peaceful protests
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 26, 2019
About 37km southeast from the Cape Flats, hundreds of protesters from the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement had their own grievances to let out.
About 150 residents formed a barricade on the road between the international school and the police station.
According to Dyason, this protest was peaceful and no infrastructure was damaged.
It is not yet known what the motivation behind this protest is either.