No-water protests at Tugela Ferry

2017-05-24 06:02
This cellphone shop in Tugela Ferry was totally vandalised by the protestors last Tuesday.

This cellphone shop in Tugela Ferry was totally vandalised by the protestors last Tuesday.

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FRUSTRATED Tugela Ferry residents shut down access last Tuesday as they protested over the lack of water in the area.
They left a trail of destruction by blocking the road from the village 10 kilometres onto the Dundee side, stoning cars, looting and vandalising shops - the entrance to the Church of Scotland Hospital was totally blocked.

Msinga Mayor, Councillor Buyiswa Ngcobo said that all facilities had to be closed as the protestors became violent.
She said the supply of water in the area was the function and responsibility of Umzinyathi District Municipality, which was under administration, and also was not delivering any services as there was no council. Hopefully, following today’s by-election in Nquthu a council would be elected and service deliveries would once again take place. The mayor’s attempts to address the unruly mob were unsuccessful.

Msinga police personnel were there to monitor the tense situation. The protesting became increasingly violent and when stones were thrown at them, and allegedly shots fired, they fired rubber bullets at the protestors and two were wounded.

At the time of going to press the road was open and the situation quiet and under control.


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