‘Violent protest unacceptable’

2015-01-13 00:00

THE R66 between Gingindlovu and Eshowe in northern KwaZulu-Natal was barricaded by an angry mob, who pelted passing cars with stones yesterday.

The group of about 300 people is understood to have embarked on a service delivery protest that turned violent.

Two men were arrested and will appear in court on charges of public violence.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu condemned the violent protest action.

“I am extremely disappointed that this protest has turned violent. Barricading roads with tyres and rocks and pelting motorists are acts of criminality that should be totally condemned,” he said.

“I appeal to residents to resort to peaceful protests and refrain from acts of criminality which do not conform to the boundaries of the law.

“Barricading roads with rocks, hurling torched tyres on the roads and pelting motorists with stones is totally unacceptable,” said Mchunu.

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