Protesters burn car, barricade road

Durban - Civil service strikers burnt a car and barricaded the Mangosuthu Highway, in Umlazi, on Morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"At about 01:00 this morning [Monday] a group of protesters barged into Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi and burnt a car belonging to a worker at the hospital," said Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

They proceeded to the Mangosuthu Highway at 05:00 and stopped traffic going into and out of the township.

"At this stage, the highway has been closed. The protesters have barricaded the road with a fridge and scrap cars. Police were on the scene and have started removing the barricade," he said.

There was a mob on the road. No arrests had been made.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Independent Labour Caucus announced a nationwide strike about a week ago after rejecting the government's offer of a seven percent salary increase and a R700 a month housing allowance.

They are demanding an 8.6% increase and R1000 housing allowance.

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