Protesting Thembeni residents block N2

2016-01-27 06:00
Thembeni community members burnt tyres and overturned communal bins to block the road leading to the area from the R102, they also blocked the N2 last Thursday as they protested over the delay in the completion of RDP houses. Photo: supplied

Thembeni community members burnt tyres and overturned communal bins to block the road leading to the area from the R102, they also blocked the N2 last Thursday as they protested over the delay in the completion of RDP houses. Photo: supplied

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PROTESTING Thembeni community members blocked the N2, and the road leading into the area from the R102, as they protested over a delay in the completion of RDP houses last Thursday.

Thembeni councillor Innocent Nxumalo said the protesters demanded to move into the RDP houses immediately.

He said since toilets for the houses had not been completed, community members could not officially move into the homes.

Nxumalo said residents said the toilets can be completed once they have moved in.

He said he, the provincial department of housing and the municipality would meet to discuss whether is was possible to move people into the houses even though toilets have not been completed.

He said during a meeting between municipal representatives last Wednesday it had been discussed that the company contracted to construct the toilets should increase its capacity and at least build 50 toilets a week to speed up the process.

Nxumalo said the delay with completing the toilets was because initially when the housing project commenced the toilets were meant to be pit latrines but the iLembe District said a sewerage line should be installed in the area.

The completion of the sewerage line is what led to the delay in constructing toilets for the houses, said Nxumalo.

He said during the protests on Thursday offices (containers) of Zikhulise Construction were burnt down allegedly by the protesting community.

He said on Friday no protest action had occurred in the area, a statement corroborated by KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, Warrant Officer Johannes Khoza.

Khoza said no arrests were made and no people were injured during the protest.

On Thursday police dispersed the protesters and later that night did the same as community members tried to gather again, said Nxumalo.

KwaDukuza Municipality communications officer Sphelelo Ngobese said the municipality will meet with the community in the coming week to hear and respond to some of their concerns.

“We will only comment after the engagement. We will issue a statement that will include full details of the meeting,” he said.

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