Protest chaos hits Pietermaritzburg’s Sweetwaters

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Fed-up Pietermaritzburg residents took to the streets on Wednesday to vent their feelings about the lack of service delivery.

The protest action, which started at the intersection of Masukwana Street and Hoosen Haffejee Street, before spreading to the traffic lights at the intersection of Church and Masukwana streets, began with protesters burning tyres and other debris.

As anger mounted over the City’s failure to provide residents in the Jika Joe informal settlement, the men’s hostel in Masukwana Street and businesses in the area with power, two shops were torched and looted.

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Former liberation struggle ex-combatants from Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday staged a protest outside the ANC Johannesburg headquarters where they demanded benefits to the tune of R2,2 million each. Do you think they should be entitled to this amount?
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