Cape Town - At least 15 people have been arrested for criminal activity along the N2 “Hell Run” in recent months.
Acting provincial police commissioner Thembisile Patekile was speaking at a media briefing on Thursday about improving safety measures along the 26km stretch of road between Jakes Gerwel Drive and the Firgrove off-ramp near Somerset West.
Nine kilometres of the road is the responsibility of the province, with 17km being looked after by the South African National Roads Agency Limited“Criminal activity along the road has been a problem for years and we are working hard to clamp down on crime,” Patekile said.
The “Hell Run” has been a hot spot for criminals, who place rocks and concrete slabs on it as a ploy to force motorists to stop. Criminals then rob and sometimes even assault motorists.
Attacks on the N2 this year include that on Tristan Bruce 27, who was injured when his car was struck by a rock. On 29 July, Warrant Officer Petrus Holz was robbed and stabbed to death by two people after one of the tyres on his car was punctured.