Video: Police disperse marchers with water cannon

2011-08-19 00:00

WHAT began as a peaceful march in the city yesterday turned chaotic as police fired water cannons and pepper spray at striking marchers.

The strikers marched from Dales Park in Mayor’s Walk to the city hall, strewing rubbish in their wake.

Police tried to prevent the marchers from tossing rubbish bags on the streets and overturning rubbish bins, but they continued to snatch rubbish bags from under the noses of the police.

The turning point came when the marchers lit fires in Langalibalele Street. Police were given the order to disperse the marchers using a water cannon. They sprayed a jet of high-pressure, blue-dyed water that caused itching and skin irritation, according to the strikers who were sprayed with it. Some marchers were pepper sprayed.

A mother with a small baby was hit by a blast from the water cannon, staining her pram blue.

After they dispersed police officers picked up bins and cleared away rubbish to make way for motorists.

Asked whether any protesters were arrested, police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan referred all queries to provincial spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe, who could not be reached as she had been involved in an accident on the N3 near Ashburton.

One of the striking workers was arrested during the handing over of a memorandum to Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela, but the reason was unclear at the time of going to print.

Before handing over the memorandum the KwaZulu-Natal chairperson of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union, John Dlamini, said their demand for 18% wage increase stands.

Ndlela is himself a former unionist. The strikers reminded him that he has been deployed by Cosatu to represent them in the ANC “and not to allow the ruling party to swallow him”.

Ndlela said, “In order for us to work on the issues we need to go back to the negotiating table.”

Watch the video:

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.