Fri. May 24th, 2019

N2 protests: Road closures at Sir Lowry’s Pass and Grabouw

mitchell's plain siqalo hout bay imizamo yethu cape town protestsMotorists have been urged to use the R44 route as an alternative.

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Law enforcement has been deployed to the N2, near Sir Lowry’s Pass, where protesters have forced road closures by blocking traffic with burned tyres and rubble.

The protests broke out in the early hours of Monday morning. Traffic and law enforcement officers were called on to divert traffic towards the R44 route to Cape Town via Kleinmond.

Why is the N2 between Sir Lowry’s Pass and Grabouw closed?

Related: Tyres burn on N2, as protests flare-up across the country

Although it is not explicitly clear what the motivation behind the protests is, the Theewaterskloof municipality confirmed on its Twitter page, that this was not a service delivery demonstration.

“Not service delivery related” – Theewaterskloof

Instead, the municipality claims that this unrest is labour related, and is not a sequel to the protests we saw in April.

Back then, residents from Strand took their frustrations with the local municipality out on the streets, barricading the N2 road between Somerset West and Sir Lowry’s Pass with burned tyres, rocks and rubble.

Related: N2 protests: Residents accused of looting, landowner refuses to budge

At the time, the unrest was fuelled by the forced removal of people that had erected informal structures on private property.

The violent encounter between law enforcement and the disgruntled backyard dwellers from Strand saw at least 29 people arrested, facing charges related to public violence.

This is a developing story and more updates will be issued as they trickle in.

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