CAPE TOWN - With general elections weeks away, service delivery protests have flared across the country and claimed at least two lives.
On Friday afternoon, sections of the N2 outside Strand in the Western Cape remained closed for traffic as ongoing violent protests that have shut down Pennyville in Soweto and Alexandra in Johannesburg spread southwards.
Roads were equally closed in Eersteriver after vehicles were set alight in a protest over access to housing, and Western Cape police said 37 suspects had appeared in court after they were arrested in connection unrest in Lwandle, outside the Strand.
In Gauteng, Rus-ter-Vaal battles between protesters and police continued, while in Pennyville eight people were arrested but protesters vowed to continue with a shut down and demanded title deeds for properties were handed to residents within a week, in a memorandum handed to Premier David Makhura's office.
The protests began more than a week ago in Alexandra, one of the country's oldest townships, with residents setting barricades alight and saying they wanted proper services from the DA-run council. In Soshanguve, outside Pretoria, two protesters were killed.