R74 Blockaded as truck burnt

2016-06-15 06:00
One of the trucks burnt during protests on the R74 last week.

One of the trucks burnt during protests on the R74 last week.

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THE busy Kranskop to Greytown road was blocked last Tuesday when protestors burnt a truck and pushed it across the road to act as a blockade.
The road - R74 - is a lifeline for farmers transporting crops and other items, as well as community members to school or for working and shopping.

Three trucks were stopped, including one transporting timber. The drivers, fearing for their lives, ran off while the protestors set the trucks alight and destroyed the timber. One of the trucks was transporting furniture, which was stolen.

Head of Kwanalu security desk, Koos Marais, urged the police to conduct full-time patrols on major important road saying that no one had the right to close roads or damage property.

A police spokesperson, Captain N. Gwala, said the protestors, said to be locals, had blockaded the R74 in three areas with the trucks and burnt tyres – no injuries had been reported.

At the time the motive for the protest was unknown. A case of public violence has been opened at the Maphumulo Police Station and police are monitoring the situation.

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