There are concerns that the strike might intensify after a meeting between Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma municipality’s leadership and the community scheduled for yesterday failed to materialise.
The strike is over water shortages, housing and road infrastructure in Bulwer and Underberg in the southern Drakensberg. Community members have blockaded roads heading towards Underberg, including the iconic Sani Pass route. The protests also affected pupils as some were unable to get to school for more than a week.
Mayor Patricia Mncwabe was expected to meet the community yesterday after a previous meeting was aborted and she was forced to flee.
A community member, who asked not to be named, said the unrest was likely to intensify.