Ward boundary changes at the heart of Durban protest

2015-06-04 09:09

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Durban - A change of ward boundaries and problems with service delivery led to protests that rocked Durban's KwaMakutha township in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a metro official said.

Three people were arrested after roads were blocked and police were stoned.

eThekwini metro spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said the protests resulted from eZimbokodweni, Ward 93 residents refusing to accept the incorporation of a new area into their ward.

“Among their grievances were service delivery issues and they refused to share a ward with eZiko and eZimangweni. Officials from the Mayor’s office attended to the demonstration and were given a memorandum by protesting residents which will be responded to in due course,” Mthethwa said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said about 300 people participated in the protest.

Police were stoned and a vehicle was damaged.

Naicker said the three suspects faced charges of malicious damage to property and public violence and were expected to appear in court soon.

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