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Durban - Police in iSithebe in northern KwaZulu-Natal, are struggling to maintain order as violent protests in the community continue.

A meeting which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday has been halted after failed negotiations.

A large crowd of unruly protesters are demanding the release of 120 prisoners that were arrested on Monday.

Sources close to the scene said the prisoners will not be released and that no negotiations will take place for the release of prisoners.

ANC provincial and regional leaders along with alliance partners who were present for the public meeting were evacuated after the situation aggravated .

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