Since Wednesday night, particularly violent protests took up the N2 highway between Somerset West and Cape Town, blocking it in both directions. Alleged land grabbers burn tyres, torch cars and fight with the police.
“There have been land grabs along the N2 on Sanral’s property. These land grabbers have been erecting poles all week. The SAPS and metro police then moved in to remove them and everything then just erupted into chaos,” Heyns de Waal, chief operating officer at GBMED RESCUE, described the situation.
Several businesses were looted and destroyed along the N2 at Broadlands Road. It is reported that a liquor store was burnt down once all alcohol had been stolen from it.
“They came back again at 06:00 [on Thursday morning]. It’s as though it’s been well organised. They [protesters] are all along the N2, into the city, even. I can see black smoke billowing from my house,” de Waal confirmed.
The protesters became bolder and started pelting the cars on the N2 with stones.
“The N2 has been closed from the Broadlands offramp. Protesters are burning tyres. We can’t even get to them, they are throwing stones at us,” de Waal added.
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