Durban - The arts and culture offices of the Mngeni municipality were burnt down at the weekend, the KwaZulu-Natal community safety department said on Sunday.
The attack, which happened between Friday night and early Saturday morning, was alleged to have been carried out by municipal workers demanding better wages, said spokesman Lennox Mabaso.
“It is alleged that municipal workers... further attempted a break in to the mayor Mbali Mnyeni's private residence where they emptied refuse containers,” Mabaso said in a statement.
KZN safety MEC Willies Mchunu condemned the incident, labelling it disgraceful and uncalled for.
“It sets back the programme of delivery as the municipality now has to divert money for service delivery to fix the damage that should not have happened in the first place,” said Mchunu.
Co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said it was totally unacceptable.
“As government we recognise the constitutional right to unhappiness within the legal prescripts by any member of society, but we deplore violence, intimidation and the destruction of property built at the taxpayers' expense,” she said.
She called for police to do whatever was necessary to arrest the culprits.
Both MECs said those found to be liable for the incident should be billed for the repairs.