Durban - The Jadhu Place informal settlement just above Alpine Road has descended into chaos on Monday as angry residents fought running battles with police during a service delivery protest.
Police closed both the north and southbound lanes of Alpine Road at the peak of the protests and by 9.30am had opened the northbound lanes towards Springfield.
The northbound lanes heading towards Overport were closed to allow Durban Solid Waste (DSW) workers to clear debris from the road.
While the Daily News was on the scene several people standing on an embankment hurled stones and bricks at the cleanup team and police on Alpine Road.
It forced the DSW workers to scatter and seek cover.
Police then fired rubber bullets as a police armoured vehicle made its way through a narrow roadway towards the angry mob .
Two scrap vehicle hulls from a nearby house were pulled onto the road. A fire hydrant was also set alight.
Another formal house on Arnold Place was set alight but the flames were doused by police and those that occupied the vacated building.
A staircase leading from Alpine to Jadhu Place was littered with refuse and burning tyres.
Shells from rubber bullets and tear gas could be seen on the staircase.
Police had chased residents back into the informal settlement. By mid-morning, the situation remained tense as protesting residents demanded that the mayor and the local ward councillor address them.
Several school children loitered around in school uniforms.
Some residents showed reporters cuts and bruises they sustained after running away from police and rubber bullets.