KZN councillor threatened during protests

2016-03-02 17:03

Durban – A KwaDukuza councillor says that residents threatened to assault him and burn down his house during service delivery protests this week.

Ward 13 councillor Bonisiwe Dlavana on Wednesday said residents were demanding employment on public works programmes and RDP homes.

They pelted cars and houses with stones and prevented people from leaving and entering Glenhills and surrounding areas by blockading roads.

Mayor Ricardo Mthembu was meeting residents on Thursday morning.

"People are still protesting. They have threatened to burn my car and house. The police have come out to talk to them and calmed the situation," Dlavana said.

Mthembu said he was aware that Dlavana had received threats, but had not established how far those threats went.

"We are calling for calm from the people. If you want to demonstrate there is no problem. Apply for a permit and demonstrate. But when you block roads and stop people from going to work, you could get that person fired. They have no influence, what is the point of that?"

Mthembu warned protesters not to allow themselves to be manipulated ahead of the local government elections.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said residents blockaded Murugan Road, burning tyres and rubbish during a service delivery protest.

Public order and KwaDukuza police dispersed them. No arrests were made and no damages reported.


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