Factories firebombed as violent KZN protest continues

2016-03-08 10:01
Firefighters work to extinguish a truck which was set ablaze in Isithebe. (IPSS Medical Rescue, Supplied to News24)

Firefighters work to extinguish a truck which was set ablaze in Isithebe. (IPSS Medical Rescue, Supplied to News24)

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WATCH: Trucks, infrastructure burn after rioters torch factories in northern KZN

2016-03-07 12:26

Protesters set fire to several factories, cars, and municipal infrastructure in Isithebe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday. Watch.WATCH

Durban - Four factories were petrol-bombed as violent protests continued in Isithebe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday night.

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On Tuesday morning, protesters were marching to the local police station to demand the release of 120 people arrested on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and arson, after a several factories and vehicles were torched.

The group was expected to appear in the Nyoni Magistrate´s Court.

IPSS Security spokesperson Dylan Meyrick said the situation in the area was tense.

“Last night they petrol bombed four factories and one was razed to the ground completely, while the others were damaged before the fire department reacted. They also ransacked and looted two places,” he said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said only two factories were set alight. He said it was “relatively quiet” on Tuesday, and police would remain in the area.

The protest purportedly stems from the re-nomination of the ex-major to stand as a councillor in the upcoming local government elections.

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