Rubber bullets fired at Mooi River protesters

2014-08-27 21:10
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - Rubber bullets and teargas were used to disperse about 1 500 protesters from the N3 near Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

"The protesters were throwing stones at passing vehicles. Two cases of malicious damage to property have been opened for investigation," police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said.

The protests started on Friday, but died down over the weekend. They erupted again on Monday and Wednesday. Protesters have been calling for the Mooi Mpofana local municipality mayor Ntombi Mpangase to be given the sack.

N3 Toll Concession spokesperson Andy Visser said on Wednesday: "The situation in the Mooi River area is volatile, with a few motorists reporting stoning of vehicles and intermittent blockading of the N3.

"Furthermore, manning of the Mooi River Toll Plaza has been affected by the protest action causing delays and queues at times."

She urged motorists to either delay or avoid travelling through Mooi River.

"The challenge remains that the situation rapidly changes and we are primarily focused on making sure that motorists along with our staff are safe," she said.

On Monday police said they had arrested 10 people. It was not immediately clear if more had been arrested during Wednesday's protests.

On Monday the province's cooperative governance and traditional affairs department said it had sent a rapid response team to defuse the situation.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso.

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