A man believed to be a protester was allegedly hit and killed by a Golden Arrow bus as Cape Town faced a second day of traffic disruptions thanks to protesters barricading roads and cars being stoned.
Earlier on Wednesday, reports of a fatality believed to be related to the protests surfaced, reported Sowetan Live.
According to Cape Town traffic services spokesperson, Richard Coleman, reports of cars being stoned in the Kraaifontein area, near Old Paarl Road and Maroela Road, were received on Wednesday.
Coleman stated that an adult male was killed after being hit by a Golden Arrow bus on Botfontein Road.
Old Faure Road, where new informal settlements were established in the Driftsands nature reserve last year, was briefly closed on Wednesday morning between Spine Road and Mew Way after protesters set tyres alight and stoned vehicles.
This was the city’s second day of protests.
“Public order police and police officers from local police stations had their hands full trying to quell a number of service delivery protests that resulted in major roads, including the N2 highway, being closed in Cape Town on Tuesday morning,” said Western Cape police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa.
“The protests began early in the morning and affected the N2 highway in both directions, Mew Way, Baden Powell, the R300, and Hindle Road. “Groups of 50 to 60 protesters burned rubble and tyres,” she said.
According to Potelwa, the protesters moved to the following locations as the morning progressed:
Spine Road and Mew Way in Khayelitsha; Spine Road in Ilitha Park near False Bay College; Spine Road and Jafta K Masemola in Khayelitsha Town Two.
When police approached the protesters, she said, they scattered in different directions but later reconvened.
Protesters relocated on Wednesday, and soon after police dispersed them from Old Faure Road, they shut down Eersteriver Road.
According to Potelwa, public order police will continue to monitor the protests.