Road between Muden and Greytown finally open

2013-08-13 00:00

THE road between Muden and Greytown was finally open yesterday, after weeks of being blockaded.

The protest action by Muden community members began on July 24 and made it difficult for farmers to transport their produce for distribution or for children to get to school.

Yesterday, the Department of Transport brought equipment to the area and cleared away the rocks that were blocking the road. Police were there to monitor the situation.

Department spokesperson Kwa­nele Ncalane said: “We received word that the strike was suspended, and set out to clear the roads. We also assessed the damage [to] the road, and a team will start working on it this week.

“The road is open to light motor vehicles, but it is still a challenge for heavy vehicles to drive on it. We assure motorists that the road will be back to normal [soon].”

Local farmers had a meeting yesterday morning to assess the situation. Andy Buchan, who attended the meeting, said: “After we had the meeting, we saw the Department of Transport vehicles escorted by the police.

“They have cleared the rocks off the road and the road is clear for now.”

In addition to rocks, protesters had also blocked the road with burning tyres and dug a trench in the road.

At the start of the blockade, a bread delivery van was set alight, and last week the protesters allegedly hijacked a truck, parked it across the road and slashed its tyres.


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