The city of Cape Town on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 warned residents of road closures in the Nyanga area after several vehicles were set alight during protests.
The Klipfontein road, the N2 inbound ramp to Borcherds Quarry and N2 southbound on Borcherds Quarry Road have been closed.
In addition, Symphony Way at Govan Mbeki Road and New Eisleben Road at Hans Ashburn Road and the South African Police College were closed.
At the time of publishing, a stationary vehicle was blocking the emergency lane on the N2 outbound after Borcherds Quarry Road.
As reported by Bosbeer.com on Twitter, members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) were at the scene
Protest action in the Nyanga area. Roads closed between Symphony Way and Govan Mbeki Rd, New Eisleben Rd, Borchards Quarry Rd and Klipfontein Rd, Duinefontein Rd and Govan Mbeki Rd and the N2 link onto Borchards Quarry Rd. Use alternative route.
— City of CT Alerts (@CityofCTAlerts) June 2, 2021
— Cape Town FMS (@CapeTownFreeway) June 2, 2021
#Unrest Situation in Govan Mbeki Rd, Philippi, Cape Town is extremely volatile. Several vehicles had been set alight. @SAPoliceService deployed in area. Please be careful and avoid the area.. @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @EWNTraffic @netstartraffic @SALTruckers @MARIUSBROODRYK pic.twitter.com/i0jRUWuHAP
— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) June 2, 2021
Nyanga protests in May 2021
On Friday, 28 May 2021, a Golden Arrow bus was set alight while city law enforcement vehicles and 22 buses were stoned by taxi industry operators and drivers. Three people – two officials and a passenger – were injured.
The Western Cape transport department at the time condemned the attacks. Speaking to GroundUp, a taxi driver explained the impounding of taxis was the cause of the unrest: “Drivers are tired of this, that is why they are fighting back”.
In other news, a truck was set on fire last month on the R25 near Leandra, Mpumalanga. According to Yusuf Abramjee, the truck “was travelling from Secunda to Johannesburg”.
Trucks in the region were reportedly petrol bombed by “thugs pretending to be on a protest”.
— Lifa (@MLifaro) June 1, 2021