Protesters fire barricade Glenhills roads

2016-03-02 06:00


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GLENHILLS residents went on a violent service delivery protest on Monday morning, burning tyres and trees and barricading roads.

Protesters allegedly pelted cars and homes with stones and prevented people from leaving and entering Glenhills and surrounding areas by closing the local roads.

The protesting spread into Rocky Park on Tuesday morning with protesters blocking of more roads stopping all traffic flow in the area.
According to ward councillor Bonisile Dlavana, the residents were demanding to be employed on public works programmes and wanted RDP homes, among other things.

Dlavana said residents started protesting last Wednesday evening and by Thursday morning streets in the area were littered with overturned communal bins.

He said on Friday it was agreed that he would meet with the community on Saturday. He said when he met and addressed the community on Saturday no objections were raised.

The ward councillor said on Monday morning the protest had started again, with community members raising the same concerns and demanding to be addressed by the mayor.

KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza said members of the police were dispatched to the area this morning.

According to unconfirmed reports, those demanding housing and jobs include residents from Shayamoya, Steve Biko, Lot 14 and Kenja.

It is alleged local leaders were a no show at a public meeting that was called to discuss the housing issue resulting in the protest.
On Tuesday morning, Khoza said no arrests had been made, however police were constantly in the area to monitor the situation.

Dlavana said, on Monday night a handful of people burnt tyres, blocked roads, vandalised residents’ water meters and smashed the Stanger Training Centre’s windows.

He said a public meeting is yet to be convened.

Rocky Park ward councillor, Sandeep Oudhram said protesters had closed off the upper parts of Glenhills – an area called ‘Top Shop’.

He said, KwaDukuza mayor, Ricardo Mthembu would address protesters at 10am on Tuesday.
It is believed Mthembu was still addressing protesters at time of going to press.
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