Blockade of N2 and R61 around Mthatha disrupting schools, work and travel


Blockade of N2 and R61 around Mthatha disrupting schools, work and travel

Eastern Cape, 27 May 2024 – A blockade of the N2 and R61 roads entering Mthatha in the Eastern Cape – allegedly by taxi operators – has disrupted traffic going into, out of and through Mthatha. Trucks and minibus taxis have been used to block all entrances to the city since the early hours of today near Fortgale, Payne village, Ngolo village and Corhana village.

It has been reported that the protest stems from the confiscation of firearms belonging to a taxi body by police at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha last week. This followed the killing of three taxi operators on the grounds of Maclear Hospital during a shootout between taxi drivers.

Provincial Transport spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says law enforcement officials are dealing with the matter with reinforcements from the defence force.

“Both sides of the N2 and R61 have been blockaded using heavy duty trucks and taxis as well as burning tyres. This has affected operations at the Mthatha Airport. Those who may be flying to Mthatha are advised to delay their travel time until the situation is brought under control.”

Mbulelo Peterson, Regional Manager of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL’s) Southern Region has urged motorists to take caution and use alternative routes until law enforcement has brought the situation under control.