Businessman counts cost of Durban protest

2016-06-07 20:33

Durban - A small business owner is counting the cost of a day-long pre-election protest which saw crowds of people burning several high-end cars in Sea Cow Lake in Durban on Monday.

Sagren Gounden, owner of Wind Motors, said nearly R2m in parts and cars had been torched. He buys cars that were involved in accidents and repairs them for resale.

His offices had also been looted and vandalised during bursts of protests which saw mobs of people blockading North Coast Road.

Cars that were burnt out during the protest. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

"They broke the gate open and pulled two cars out onto the street and set them on fire. This all happened early in the morning," he said.

"We had about 18 vehicles burnt and they went into the building and trashed it, took everything of value," Gounden added.

He said the cars which were not set alight had their radios stolen.

"They took anything they could carry. They are just thugs," he said.

Difficult months ahead

Over and above the cost of his lost cars, Gounden said the running of his business would now be affected.

"This is not counting the cost of lost daily turnover. We are a small business and we employ people and this is going to make the next couple of months hard," he said.  

"There was a beautiful Jaguar 2011 XS model that had just come back from the shop and had a new engine in it."

Police have arrested five people for public violence. They will remain in custody at the Greenwood Park police station and are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

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