Violent protests in KZN over service delivery claims

A GROUNDSWELL of fury over service delivery forced the closure of parts of the N2 and the R102 between Groutville and Stanger again on Tuesday night.

A house that was torched in Sofia during the protests in KwaDukuza Municipality, KZN Picture: Jackie Clausen

This as the violent civil disobedience, which has seen traffic in the region severely disrupted by demonstrators who have stoned cars and blockaded roads, entered the fourth day.

On Monday night two people were shot and wounded by a motorist who loosed of a salvo of shots into a crowd of people who had surrounded his vehicle as he travelled on the barricaded R102.

There have been a wave of incidents of rock throwing from bridges on the N2 and N3 freeways over the past few months. In December siblings Amina and Abdul Rahim Haffejee were killed when a rock was thrown from a bridge that struck their car on the N2 near Tongaat.

A number of police riot units from across the province have been deployed to contain the situation at Groutville and surrounding areas.

KwaDukuza Municipality on Tuesday distanced itself from the “violent and criminal protests”.

“Reports have suggested that these protests were fuelled by power outages linked to the municipality’s stance to curb costs, with overtime being in the main. We therefore wish to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience the outages have caused to all the communities, households and businesses,” it said in a statement.

“It is very unfortunate that these protests have caused harm to properties and individuals. We wish to put it on record that the municipality’s electrical engineering business unit is hard at work to fix all issues currently barring some households from accessing electricity.”

The municipality said teams have been deployed to the all the affected areas Mathenjwa, Ntshawini, Groutville, Shakaville and Thembeni, to restore power.

“Engagements with the electrical engineering business unit staff on this particular issue are ongoing and are expected to be brought to finality in no less than seven working days.”

JEFF WICKS

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