Debris on the road from the protest in Chesterville. PICTURE : Se-Anne Rall

Durban - Protest action along Harry Gwala (Spine) Road led to the closure of the road during peak hour traffic on Thursday morning. Traffic had to be diverted back down the lower end of the road, while Metro Police cleared branches, smouldering logs and other debris from the road.

It is alleged that residents living at the informal settlement along the road, are upset at the constant demolishment of shacks. According to a source at the scene, eThekwini Municipality and law enforcement officials have been involved in ongoing clean up operations in the area in the last few months.

Metro Police clean up the road Video : Se-Anne Rall

“This is not gone down well with people living at the settlement and in the early hours of this morning, they started protesting,” the source said.

He said residents had demanded that the city place toilets at the settlement, however, at least two toilets were burnt during the protest. 

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