Tension rife in Copesville as police use teargas to disperse protesters

2016-04-29 11:34
Copesville residents walk past a barricade on Copesville Drive after protests flared up again.

Copesville residents walk past a barricade on Copesville Drive after protests flared up again. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Tension is still rife in Copesville after a group of about 100 protesters blockaded Copesville Drive near the Haniville informal settlement on Thursday morning.

The protesters blocked the road with burning tyres and logs, and allegedly hurled rocks at passing motorists until police intervened, dispersing the crowd with teargas.

Police continued to monitor the area afterwards, as the group loitered around the hills overlooking the road.

Last week, Copesville was under siege when almost 5 000 angry ­protesters from formal and informal homes blocked all roads leading to and from the area, and burnt their ward councillor’s office and local clinic facilities, which were then closed to the public.

The protesters were calling for councillor Thandi Ndlovu to step down.

Yesterday’s short protest was believed to be caused by a few disgruntled community members who felt the process of asking Ndlovu to step down over issues of service delivery, was being delayed.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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