Riot police form a chain in Cator Manor on Thursday where service delivery protests were taking place. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall
Riot police form a chain in Cator Manor on Thursday where service delivery protests were taking place. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall
Heavy police presence as Cato Manor residents protest over service delivery. Picture: Se-Anne Rall
Heavy police presence as Cato Manor residents protest over service delivery. Picture: Se-Anne Rall
Heavy police presence as Cato Manor residents protest over service delivery. Picture: Se-Anne Rall
Heavy police presence as Cato Manor residents protest over service delivery. Picture: Se-Anne Rall
Debris lies scattered on a road in Cato Manor where service delivery protestors clashed with police. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall
Debris lies scattered on a road in Cato Manor where service delivery protestors clashed with police. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall
A shell casing from a rubber bullet bears silent testimony to a service delivery protest in Cato Manor on Thursday. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall
A shell casing from a rubber bullet bears silent testimony to a service delivery protest in Cato Manor on Thursday. PICTURE: Se-Anne Rall

Durban - Service delivery protests flared up in Cato Manor on Thursday. Irate residents living in the informal settlement along Vusi Mzimela (Bellair) Road barricaded the road. They also broke bottles and threw them along the road.

They claim that the municipality were taking too long to provide them with decent housing. Some have been living in shacks for over a decade.

Metro Police arrived at the scene at 6am and found piles of debris burning on the road.

An officer at the scene said members quickly formed a human shield and tried to disperse the mob. When police tried to open the roadway to allow for a smooth flow of traffic, they were pelted with rocks. Police had to use rubber bullets and stun grenades.

Riot police descended on the area and were keeping a watchful eye on the protesters who were taunting police a few hundred metres aways.

This protest comes on the back of another incident in Bonela where angry shack dwellers and residents took each other on, at the weekend. The area has been rocked by violent protests in the last two months.

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