Concern over R74 blockade

2014-09-23 00:00

FARMERS have raised concerns over a three-day blockade of the R74 between KwaDukuza and Kranskop.

The Witness learnt yesterday that three trucks were burnt by protesters on the route at the weekend.

Koos Marais of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) said yesterday that besides the destruction of three trucks, farmers could not move their sugarcane, which could result in the crops being damaged in the heat.

“It’s a main road, and we need it opened.”

Marias said the road closure had caused “considerable inconvenience to road users and damage to property” for not only Kwanalu members, but also other members of the community and users of the road who are subjected to crime and “notably aggressive violence”.

He expressed concern at the damage to property, loss of production, deliveries, freedom to do business, and the potential for loss of life or serious injury.

Marais said while recent protests at Mooi River on the N3 had been speedily resolved, it was noticeable that the situation on the roads in the Muden, Greytown and Mispa areas had not been resolved.

He said the effect from the blockade on the local economy was enormous and that tensions in the community were running high.

Attempts to get comment from the police were unsuccessful yesterday.

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