KZN service delivery protest political - ANC councillor

2016-02-22 13:27
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Durban – A service delivery protest that blocked the N2 near Shaka's Head, north of Durban, on Monday was politically motivated, the local ANC ward councillor said.

Local SA Communist Party and Economic Freedom Front members were behind the protest, councillor Jethro Banda claimed.

"This is not about service delivery. These people have their own candidate they want for ward councillor and have taken to the streets, saying it is service delivery.

"Shaka's Head has been one of the top three performing wards in this area, so there is no way this is a service delivery issue. The ANC has delivered. This is a political issue."

Residents of the area near Ballito barricaded the N2 freeway and R102 with burning tyres and trees, police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. The N2 was cleared, while the R102 was still closed. No arrests had been made.

Banda said protesters set his home and car on fire. He said he felt unsafe and police had been slow to respond.

False claim

SA Communist Party district secretary for the greater KwaDukuza region denied the claims.

"Considering the current political atmosphere in the province, the SACP would have consulted with the ANC, especially if we were going to protest about a councillor," Mbuso Khuzwayo said.

"We would not put fuel to the fire. I wonder why the councillor has made this claim, but I can definitely tell you it is not true. We want to sympathise with the councillor and say this is a serious issue."

KwaDukuza municipality spokesperson Sifiso Zulu said municipal leaders and residents would meet later on Monday to discuss the matter.

Tensions between the SACP and ANC in KwaZulu-Natal escalated in recent weeks, after two people were killed during an SACP public meeting in Inchanga. An Inchanga ANC branch executive committee member was among the five people arrested for the killings. 

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