Protesters block N2 in Murchiston

2017-09-28 06:01
PHOTOS: thami ka-nkosiThe protesters block the N2 with burning tyres and wood.

PHOTOS: thami ka-nkosiThe protesters block the N2 with burning tyres and wood.

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AN angry crowd of protesters blocked the N2 in Murchison with burning tyres and wood on Thursday morning, bringing traffic on the busy road to a complete halt.

Among the things they were demanding were houses, employment and installation of a traffic light on the N2 near Nkonka High.

Ray Nkonyeni mayor Nomusa Mqwebu arrived at the scene to listen to their grievances.

Some vehicles were stoned, forcing the police to divert traffic from the N2 to Nyandezulu. Police had to use stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Residents of Murchison’s Ward 21 say they are frustrated and angry­ that there has been no development in their area. They say they have been promised houses in the past, but they have not been built.

Among other grievances, they said they want Chief Sazi Ndwalane to clarify why the land at Murchison is being sold for R11 000.

“We also want traffic lights installed near Nkonka High because our children die every day due to a lack of traffic lights on the N2,” one protestor shouted.

The issue of the Nkonka sports field was also raised as the community claim the ground was not constructed according to the scope of work that was presented to them by the councillor

They also want Ray Nkonyeni Municipality to address the issue of frozen posts in the municipality because the Murchison youth are unemployed.

The protest’s leader, Welcome Mgqosini, said the community will not rest until all the issues raised are addressed.

After listening to their grievances the mayor promised the community she will return to them on Tuesday with answers from all relevant departments.

Officers from the Public Order Policing and Tactical Response Team will monitor the area until the situation stabilises.

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