Durban - A man was electrocuted when he stepped on a tangle of illegal electrical connections in the Quarry Road informal settlement on Monday, as police were dispersing a crowd of violent protesters.
At about 7am, about 300 residents – some of whom had brought their children with them – from informal settlements around Reservoir Hills and Clare Estate blocked traffic on the M19 for more than five hours, demanding electricity.
Peak-hour traffic was disrupted and came to a standstill as the protesters placed burning tyres, debris, and pieces of wood in the busy road to block it off. Police dispersed the crowds about noon.
Crisis Medical spokesman Kyle van Reenen said scores of children between the ages of a few months and 5 years inhaled tear gas and some were trampled when police dispersed the protest.