Collision leads to violent protests from page 1

2016-05-18 06:00
Irate Ntshawini residents set alight three trucks on Friday evening during a protest demanding that speed humps be constructed in the area following an accident earlier that morning. Photo: supplied

Irate Ntshawini residents set alight three trucks on Friday evening during a protest demanding that speed humps be constructed in the area following an accident earlier that morning. Photo: supplied

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NTSHAWINI residents blocked the R102 and torched three sugarcane delivery trucks last Friday evening demanding that speed humps be constructed in the area.

The evening’s protest action was preceded by another protest earlier on Friday morning after a taxi collided with a vehicle from the municipality’s Fire and Emergencies Department on the R102 outside Ntshawini injuring several people that morning.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Major Shooz Magudulela said following the burning of three trucks during the protests on Friday evening a case of malicious damage to property was opened at KwaDukuza police station.

He said no arrests had been made by Monday. The road was closed for most of Friday for fear of other vehicles being attacked.

Ntshawini ward councillor Nevas Hlatshwayo said residents decided to protest because many accidents have occurred in that area, injuring people, and residents believe speed humps would avert more accidents.

He condemned the burning of the trucks, and, or, the burning of other public structures as this negatively impacts on people’s lives.

He said it is necessary that leadership meet with community members to discuss their concerns and that these should be escalated to the provincial Department of Transport as the R102 is under its jurisdiction.

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