Durban now 'calm' after morning of protests - As it happened

2016-06-06 14:00

The city of Durban has finally reached a state of calm after violent protests shut down major roads, a metro police spokesperson has said.

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06 Jun 14:12
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06 Jun 14:08

The city of Durban has finally reached a state of calm after violent protests shut down major roads, eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu says.  

Speaking to News24, Mchunu also said private and public property was damaged or destroyed.   

“For the moment things are calm. Law Enforcement officials are still monitoring the situation. We are still on guard. We have called in all our resources.  

“Law Enforcement will maintain calm. We do not expect any delays for motorists or commuters this afternoon.”  

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06 Jun 13:04

06 Jun 13:03
Elsewhere, the police have fired on protesters on the M19 near Kennedy Road.

06 Jun 12:23

An impasse between police and thousands of protesters near North Coast Road appears to have ended, News24's Jeff Wicks reports.

The group had stationed themselves on North Coast Road and after their leaders held lengthy meetings with police, decided to return to their homes.


06 Jun 12:14
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06 Jun 11:50
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06 Jun 11:41
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06 Jun 11:31

eThekwini Municipality has urged all residents to avoid:

- Newlands East/ Nandi Drive,

- Nandi Drive/Quarry Heights,

- North Coast Road/Nandi Drive,

- North Coast/ Nandi Drive,

- M19/ Mount Batten Drive.  

In a statement the municipality said investigations revealed the protest is of a political nature, and is not service delivery related. 


06 Jun 11:26

The aftermath of one protest near a panel beaters in Sea Cow Lake.

Picture by by Jeff Wicks, News24.


06 Jun 11:26

The aftermath of one protest near a panel beaters in Sea Cow Lake.

Picture by by Jeff Wicks, News24.


06 Jun 11:25

The aftermath of one protest near a panel beaters in Sea Cow Lake.

Picture by by Jeff Wicks, News24.


06 Jun 11:07

Paramedics help a man shot in the stomach by a group of protesters in Durban near North Coast Road, Briardene.

Picture by Jeff Wicks, News24.


06 Jun 11:02

Another picture of a man shot in his abdomen by a group of protesters in Durban near North Coast Road, Briardene.

He has been taken to hospital, News24's Jeff Wicks reports, who is on scene.


06 Jun 10:58

Pupils from nearby Parkhill Secondary School were seen in the area. 

One teacher, who did not want to be named told News24 that the school had not officially been closed. 

"Some parents who were bringing their children turned back, while with those children who managed to get to school, some of their parent had come to pick them up. But school hasn't officially closed, the teachers are still here."


06 Jun 10:55

A man in his thirties is in a serious condition after he was shot in the stomach during violent protests, News24’s Jeff Wicks reports.

The events leading up to the shooting remains unclear. 

Picture by Jeff Wicks, News24.


06 Jun 10:54

The city earlier on Monday released a statement asking residents in the KwaMashu and Newlands areas to be vigilant.

"Motorists are warned that Dumisani Makhaye, North Coast Road from N2 to Connaught Bridge and Nandi Drive are not accessible.”

It is understood that protesters are unhappy with their Ward Candidate list for the upcoming elections.


06 Jun 10:50
According to Wicks, North Coast Road remains closed and heavily cordoned. 

06 Jun 10:49

Bonginkosi Shange, 61, was attacked by a mob on North Coast Road. He had been on his way to work.

The group also stole his cellphone, News24's Jeff Wicks reports from the scene.


06 Jun 10:44

A string of protests around Durban have disrupted traffic and the working day, with the city urging motorists to be cautious.

eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu said that several groups of people had “made serious attempts” to close the N2, the Umgeni Connaught Interchange and the M19.

“We think that the people are being incited by individuals who were not nominated as councillors for their respective political parties. We are dealing with them,” he said.  

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