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South Africa: Transit Strikes Turn Violent Near Cape Town

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | October 9th, 2012 | Trackback

Large-scale transportation strikes that began in August have escalated into violence in some areas, particularly on the N2 approach road to Cape Town Airport and Borchard’s Quarry/N2 intersection. Although some of the country’s 100,000 transit workers returned to work Oct. 9, the biggest union group has continued the strike. In some areas, protesters have taken to stoning vehicles and setting them on fire. The U.S. Consulate in Cape Town has advised travelers to avoid demonstrations whenever possible, and to monitor local media for updates on roadblocks and other travel disruptions.

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