Strikers cause N3 traffic jam near Estcourt

2010-08-20 00:00

TRAFFIC was backed up for two kilometres on the N3 near Estcourt yesterday when strikers blocked the south-bound lane after going to various schools and hospitals to shut them down.

Transport Department spokesperson Lungile Ndlovu said the protest was not violent and no one was arrested.

Meanwhile, a Pietermaritzburg government employee said she found it difficult to travel to work through the city centre as strikers were intimidating people.

“In front of [Public] Works Branch, people were being hit with sticks. The Prince Alfred Street traffic was very slow.”

At the Public Works Department, workers who had arrived at 7.30am were prevented from entering the gates.

A Public Works employee, who asked not to be named, said he arrived for work only to find his way into the offices in Prince Alfred blocked.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said no one was arrested in connection with the strike in Pietermaritzburg.

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