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?
Breaking Traffic Report News:
Overstrand Munipipality Traffic Update 13.05.2019 at 06:30
🏴☠️ N2 national road closed at Grabouw due to protest actions. Alternative route R44 via Kleinmond towards Cape Town. Traffic officers on scene to divert traffic.
🇿🇦 Same old South Africa
— JG (Johan) van Zyl ✍ (@JGvanZyl_ZA) May 13, 2019
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.
Please use alternative routes.
— Theewaterskloof Muni (@twkmun) May 13, 2019
“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.
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.