Scottburgh protests turn violent

2018-06-28 06:03
PHOTOS: suppliedProtests in Amandawe yesterday turned violent.

PHOTOS: suppliedProtests in Amandawe yesterday turned violent.

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AN estimated 1500 people engaged in a protest action, before 5 am, yesterday morning in Amandawe, inland of Scottburgh.

It is alleged that protestors barricaded Dududu Road from Amandawe with rocks, burning tyres, trees, and other rubble to prevent vehicles from passing through. Some of the protestors hurled stones at passing vehicles and at police. Scottburgh police, Public Order Police, Road Traffic Inspectorate and other security agencies joined forces to restore law and order, and stabilise the situation, however, the protestors were determined to march to the municipal offices in Scottburgh.

Police confronted the volatile crowd of protestors at the intersection of Dududu Road and the R102 Old Main Road in Freeland Park and prevented them from proceeding to Scottburgh.

Public Order Police applied force, and the means at their disposal, to disperse the volatile and increasingly violent crowd. However, many of the protestors regrouped at various points. They allegedly uprooted trees and broke branches from the bush alongside the freeway and brought traffic to a standstill by placing these across the freeway. They continued to stone vehicles resulting in cases of malicious injury to property and public violence being registered by the Scottburgh SAPS to investigate.

It is believed that a memorandum of demands had been presented to the authorities of the municipality, in respect of service delivery negotiations on May 30, but the Amandawe community were dissatisfied with the response received and decided to express their dissatisfaction by taking to the streets.

Scottburgh SAPS spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said 43 people were arrested and detained for public violence and are expected to appear in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court today.

“At around midday, protestors dragged a scrap bus, car and a refuse skip onto the road in Amagcino Ward in Amandawe and also placed rocks to blockade the road. A nearby sugarcane plantation was also set alight. Police used a Nyala to clear the road and allow for the free flow of traffic once again. The situation is being monitored by police and preventative measures are being employed to thwart any further flare-ups,” said Pandarum.

— Supplied

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