What was meant to be a peaceful handover of 10 trading stalls to informal traders in Imbali on Monday turned dramatic when a group of people confronted the ward councillor and Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla.
The group threatened to burn down the R300 000 newly refurbished Thwala market trading stalls and block anyone from operating from the premises. Municipal officials were forced to call the police and its own security to prevent the commotion from escalating.
The group were blocked from entering the event, opposite the Mbalenhle Clinic. They claimed they were not told of the event, and accused the ward councillor, Xolani Ngongoma, of not properly briefing them about it.