WATCH | Protesters storm KwaDukuza CBD and Tongaat in KZN

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Hundreds of people stormed the KwaDukuza CBD on Monday morning, burning tyres, garbage and looting stores.

Smaller group have also gathered in a number of residential areas such as Stanger Manor and Glenhills, also burning and looting.

Fires have been started in the middle of several roads in the residential areas.

Reports from local security companies also indicate that people are making their way along the R102 from the Darnall and Zamani Township areas to KwaDukuza CBD.

KwaDukuza police spokesperson Priya Nunkumar confirmed that there has been on-going unrest in KwaDukuza and surrounding areas since Sunday.

“The situation is extremely volatile as protesters are burning tyres in some areas as well as stoning vehicles and homes in the residential area. There were stores in the CBD of KwaDukuza that were looted today, and the community is urged to stay safe at home and not to leave unnecessarily.”

She said SAPS units have been deployed throughout KwaDukuza.

KwaDukuza crime prevention unit and traffic, as well as private security companies, are also assisting at scene.

Meanwhile, Nazir Sadack of Tongaat community emergency response team said that there was looting in Fairbreeze and in the Gandhi’s Hill area of Tongaat on Sunday night.

He said that a bottle store in Fairbreeze was looted and there were a lot of issues on the North Coast last night.

He added that protestors gathered at U-Save in Fairbreeze on Monday morning. The M4 highway has been closed down, with the response members standing down.

He confirmed that protestors are lighting fires and stoning cars, then running back into the informal settlements nearby.

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