Durban officials urge caution as protests hit the city

2016-06-06 09:45
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has urged residents to exercise caution as a string of protests hit the city on Monday morning.

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The eThekwini Metro Police had earlier been deployed to several hotspots around the city to disperse crowds of people who stoned cars and barricaded roads.

eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu said that several groups of people had “made serious attempts” to close the N2, the Umgeni Connaught Interchange and the M19.

“We think that the people are being incited by individuals who were not nominated as councillors for their respective political parties. We are dealing with them,” he said.  

In their message posted on official social media feeds the City echoed this, saying that they would keep residents and road users informed.

“Due to a number of protests in the KwaMashu and Newlands areas, motorists are warned that Dumisani Makhaye, North Coast Road from N2 to Connaught Bridge and Nandi Drive are not accessible.”

“Protesters have blockaded the roads with rocks and burning tyres. Our Metro Police and Law Enforcement officials are at the scenes. We urge commuters to be cautious this morning. It is understood that protesters are unhappy with their Ward Candidate list for the upcoming elections,” the post read.

News24 journalist Jeff Wicks is on his way to cover more on the protests.

This is a developing story.

(Marshall Security, supplied to News24)

(Marshall Security, supplied to News24)

(Marshall Security, supplied to News24)

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