13 alleged striking municipality workers appear in Durban Magistrate’s Court

13 alleged striking eThekwini Municipality workers who were arrested on Monday made a brief appearance at the Durban Magistrate's court on Wednesday.

Some of the alleged striking eThekwini Municipality workers that appeared in court. Picture:Yogashen Pillay

Published Mar 6, 2024


Thirteen alleged striking eThekwini Municipality workers appeared briefly at the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday after their arrest on Monday. The proceedings were adjourned for a bail application and verification.

The suspects are accused of charges related to public violence and damaging critical infrastructure.

The State, represented by prosecutor Calvin Govender, said that the State would be opposing bail.

“The suspects along with a group of approximately 1000 people unlawfully assembled to disturb the peace in Sydenham. They blocked Electron Road and the entrance to DSW by burning tyres and placing rocks and rubbish on the road.”

Govender said that they damaged infrastructure by removing the fencing at DSW which they knew was a serious criminal offence.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said on Monday that Sydenham police arrested thirteen protestors aged between 36 and 59 years for contravention of the court order, damage to infrastructure and malicious damage to property.

“Their arrest came after a group of municipal employees had gathered at the municipal offices on Electron Road. They allegedly put sand on the floor and burnt trees.”

Gwala added that they forced other employees out of the offices and damaged the gate.

The State said that although they opposed bail they wanted a postponement as they needed to verify if all the accused were indeed eThekwini Municipality employees and verify their personal details.

The matter was adjourned to 13 March for formal bail application.

The Mercury