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A Few People Were Arrested For Nothing During Protest – Gatvol Capetonian Group

South Africa - Cape Town - 8 August 2019 - People protesting under the banner of "Gatvol Capetonians" blockaded the Stellenbosch Arterial with burning tyres claiming this is their last option to be heard. Police and Metro police had to use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters in the early hours of the morning. Police are now keeping their distance and monitoring the ongoing protest. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

While other protests, many related to land invasions, were still sporadic in various areas in the Cape Town metro on Monday, the Gatvol Capetonian group said it has made its point and ended its pickets.

Fadiel Adams, of Gavol Capetonian and the Cape Coloured Congress, said in a Facebook video: “A few of people were arrested for nothing and I am going to try and get them out.

“Guys, please stand down, we have proved our point. We had our peaceful protest, we’ve disrupted them.“

Adams told the SABC: “Every one of our areas that have turned out this morning, in spite of severe provocation and intimidation by SAPS, it has been very peaceful and I am very proud of that.

“From what I understand, with the volatility in our areas, things may happen but that has nothing to do with us. My members have conducted themselves with the utmost respect for the law.”

The City of Cape Town Traffic Service said incidents where roads were barricaded have been recorded in Lwandle in the Strand, Eerste River, Kraaifontein, Bellville South, Delft, Mamre and Atlantis.

The areas still being affected by protests are Bellville South, where Peter Barlow Road has been closed and reopened again between Kasselsvlei Road and Robert Sobukwe.

In the CBD, there was a protest in Keerom Street in front of the Western Cape High Court and it was closed between Bloem and Leeuwen streets

In Strand, Onverwacht and Broadway roads are closed and in Atlantis the road is closed at Arion and Charl Uys streets.

In Kuils River, the R300 towards the N2 was also closed and reopened at Van Riebeeck Road.

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