Police investigate the burnt remains of a classroom in Reservoir Hills that was set alight by protesters on Monday. Picture: Zainul Dawood.
Durban - A DA ward councillor and his ANC predecessor blame each other for a violent protest which left part of a Reservoir Hills school burned down on Tuesday.

Xolani Nala, who won ward 23 after the August elections, said it was the former councillor Themba Mtshali who was stoking fires and creating the unrest which left several roads closed in the area.

“We didn’t see eye to eye with the ward committees, but we had a meeting last week on Thursday and agreed that we would work together for the community,” said Nala.

He claims what caused a rift was that he refused to allocate jobs in the ward based on ANC membership, “as the ANC does”.

“I cannot allow things to happen the wrong way in my ward,” said Nala.

However, Mtshali pointed the finger at him, saying Nala had hired people without consulting the ward committees. 

“When things are implemented, he does not recognise or consult the ward committees, he just does things on his own. That is what angered residents,” said Mtshali.

Despite their differences, Nala and Mtshali agreed that those responsible for the torching of Hillview Primary School should be held accountable.

They condemned the destruction of property.

Zwane said no arrest had yet been made and warned motorists to stay clear of the area.

The Mercury