#AntiZumaMarches: Thousands gather in Durban as buses block major roads

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Durban – Hundreds of people flocked to the Durban city centre to take part in #AntiZumaMarches. The march is one of many planned around the country after President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle last week.

Durban Transport buses are blocking traffic on all major arterial routes into Durban.

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According to Rescue Care's Garrith Jamieson buses have blocked the Umgeni Road and Connaught Bridge intersections and the M4 North at Blue Lagoon and the N3 at Spaghetti Junction. Three buses at Spaghetti Junction seem to be blocking traffic into town. There are also reports of blockages on the M4 South at Merewent.

Metro police are present at some of the blockades to try and control and divert traffic.

The reasons for the blockade have yet to be explained. Although there is speculation the blockades are aimed at stopping people joining the marches at in the city today.

Mayoral Parlour communications unit spokesman Mthunzi Gumede said: "We are thin with details, we will be able to assess once police give something."

This morning some 10 000 people started marching along the beachfront as part of the DA-led march to the amphitheatre at North Beach.

Meanwhile ANC Youth League supporters were trickling in to the ANC's Durban Regional Office ahead of a march to ABSA where they are demanding the bank 'pay back the money'.

At least four buses have arrived creating a mood for the about 200 supporters present.

They are being led by ANCYL eThekwini secretary Thinta Cibane.

They carried posters enscribed "ancyl KZN supports President Zuma" and "Down with white monopoly capital".

A eThekwini city spokesperson queried whether the pictures of buses blocking the freeway were recent and asked reporters to go and check whether this was the case. But said the city were looking into the reasons for this and would confirm later.

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