Ladysmith - Twenty-four people were taken into custody on public violence charges after they staged a protest outside a northern KwaZulu-Natal town, blockading a main road and pelting police cars with stones.
More than 700 people gathered on the R103 road between Ladysmith and Colenso, protesting about the lack of water supply to Roosboom, a settlement 13km outside Ladysmith.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said that at about 10pm on Sunday, groups of residents began their protest action.
They demonstrated through the night, setting fire to tyres, branches and wooden pallets all over the main transport route.
“The R103 road was blocked by burning tyres, rubble, rocks, concrete pipes, road signs and metal grandstands that were dragged off a nearby sports field.