Motorists spent their Friday morning in hours of traffic after protesters blocked off the N2 between Higginson Highway and the M7. Durban Metro and SAPS Public Order Police spent majority of Friday, 1 February attempting to clear out the scene and get all motorists to their destination safely.

Protesters blocked the freeway in a violent protest, while burning tyres since the early hours of the morning causing major delays. Spokesperson for the Metro Police Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said, “By the time officers arrived at the scene demonstrators had already fled.”

Motorists who were travelling towards Durban and Amanzinmtoti were urged to find alternate routes for their safety. Authorities are still investigating what sparked this unrest. Sewpersad said, “We urge all motorists travelling in the opposite direction of any protest action not to slow down to view the protest – as rubbernecking is causing major delays in that direction.”

Motorists who were stuck in the hours of traffic expressed their rage and disappointment with one saying, “I left home at 6am, I was still three hours late for work. This is unacceptable behaviour.”

Recce Naidoo said, “I work in uMhlanga along with two of my friends who travel with me, we were extremely late for work, not to mention the amount of petrol that was wasted while sitting in this traffic. We fully understand that authorities are doing their best to avoid situation like these, however the perpetrators need to be held accountable for their actions.”

The carriageway was reopened just after 9am, however motorists were delayed due to the traffic backlog. Officials are investigating the reasons behind the protests.