Bulwer protest: How to make mountain from a molehill

2011-08-26 00:00

CHAOS erupted in the Vulindlela area yesterday as residents — angry about the way Ward 5 committee members were elected — barricaded the main Bulwer road for about nine hours.

They barricaded the road from the Henley Dam turn-off and the Gezubuso area with rocks, burning tyres, stones and heavy logs.

Although the demonstration was largely peaceful, there were violent incidents. A truck driver was forced to dump a load of compost in the middle of the road, motorists trying to cross the barricades were threatened and when crowds blockaded the road, police fired teargas to disperse them.

The protesters were unhappy about the election of the ward committee, saying the 10 people theyhad elected to represent the ward’s sub-wards did not make it on to the committee.

Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, who arrived at the scene, said the complaints would be directed to the task team in the speaker’s office dealing with such disputes.

Other residents were left counting their losses. Pupil Gugu Nxele said: “We were told to go home after most of our teachers couldn’t come to school as a result of this.”

Nathi Khumalo said: “I was unable to go to work because there is no public transport and I will have to explain to my boss what happened.”

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