Durban - Ladysmith’s mayor narrowly avoided being pelted with stones on Monday as crowds - fed-up with the lack of service – were convinced by the police to remain calm.
The areas around the northern KwaZulu-Natal town were on Monday once again plagued by unrest as pockets of protesters – totalling more than 600 people - blockaded roads and demanded better services.
Mayor Vincent Madlala was at the scene to address the protesters’ concerns and collect their petitions, as well as a memorandum of grievances.
“I managed to respond to them and we came to a decision to meet before the end of next month so I could address their concerns with other departments and give them feedback,” he said. “There were a few stones thrown, but nobody was injured. The police spoke to the people and they stopped. I don’t think they intended to hurt me. They were just a little frustrated.”
In the early hours of on Monday, the action centred around the Burford/ Driefontien and Hobsland areas just outside the town. Police said that the protest action had been allegedly taking place owing to the lack of road maintenance, electricity provision, water supply and clinics.