Residents of Mariannridge demanded that Mayor Zandile Gumede come to address them over the housing issue.
Residents of Mariannridge demanded that Mayor Zandile Gumede come to address them over the housing issue.

eThekwini Municipality condemns violent community protests

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Aug 24, 2017

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Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has condemned the violent protests which have erupted in parts of Durban, which saw the blocking of roads and the torching of a municipal bus.

In a statement, the municipality said it had received reports about the violent protests by angry residents on Thursday.

"Investigations revealed that this protests are linked to land invasions in Bonela and  Mariannridge, where City leadership has been holding meetings with interested or affected  parties.

"The City acknowledges that people are free to exercise their constitutional rights by voicing  their concerns but we caution residents against injuring others and vandalising infrastructure," eThekwini spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said. " Safety measures, such as CCTV cameras, are in place to monitor the movements of vehicles  and to ensure that further traffic disruption is minimised. Law enforcement personnel will  take necessary action where there are transgressions."

Mthethwa said the m unicipality was deeply concerned about the violent public protests and e ncouraged those that had grievances to continue to engage with the m unicipality through formal channels.

African News Agency

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