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Durban - Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested five people on charges of public violence related to a service delivery protest in Mbazwana, police reported on Saturday

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: “On Saturday, Mbazwana police and Public Order Police arrested five suspects for public violence. The community embarked on an illegal protest, they blockaded the road with shards and burning tyres demanding service delivery.

“Police were alerted about the demonstration and they proceeded to the area where they met the violent crowd. Police instructed them to disperse but they resisted. Then five suspects were arrested and taken to the police station for detention. They will be charged for public violence and will appear at Jozini Magistrates’ Court.”

Police Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, condemned the violent acts by the community during protests, saying: “We appeal to the community to use proper channels to voice their needs and refrain from damaging private property because that will land them behind bars.”

ANA