Protests in Maphumulo over candidate

2016-06-08 06:00

RESIDENTS from Maqumbi, Khazimula and Epulangweni areas in Maphumulo burnt a truck and blockaded the R74 with trees and burning tyres on Monday morning when a protest broke out over candidates to contest local government elections in August.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said no injuries were reported and a case of public violence was opened for investigation at Maphumulo SAPS.

“No arrests have been made and police have been deployed to the scene to monitor the situation,” said Gwala.

In a separate incident, Ward 23 councillor John Phahla’s house was petrol bombed on Tuesday, 1am.
Umhlali SAPS spokesperson Vinny Pillay said no one was injured and the suspects are unknown at this stage.
It is believed Phahla’s home was bombed because some are opposed to him being a candidate to contest elections for the Ward.

ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional spokesperson Lucky Makhathini said the protesters had grievances with the candidate appointed to contest elections because it was not the individual they expected would make the list.

He said a misunderstanding was created in the area because two public meetings were held were potential candidates were introduced to the public.

Makhathini said in the first meeting only one possible candidate had been present and community members in attendance assumed that this candidate would contest elections.

He said, however, the ANC deemed it necessary to hold a second public meeting with both potential candidates present to make the process fair.

Makhathini said some members of the community who had attended the first meeting did not attend the second meeting which had a different outcome.

He said that confusion was clarified with members of the community who are closer to the party’s structures but in due course the organisation would meet with the greater public to clarify the matter.
On Thursday, 2 June, a protest over a candidate nominated to contest elections in the area broke out in Glenhills.
KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza said four people were arrested in connection with the protest and appeared in court on Friday, 3 June.

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