Durban - Pandemonium greeted Copesville residents early on Monday when about 1 500 people blocked Bhambatha (New Greytown) Road in Pietermaritzburg with burning tyres, rubbish and boulders.
Residents of the Ezenketheni informal settlement in the area are protesting against lack of service delivery, especially the lack of electricity.
They have also complained that the Msunduzi Municipality has failed to electrify the informal settlement as promised, and has taken to disconnecting illegal electricity connections, resulting in the informal residents being left without any form of power.
Angry protesters barricaded the road at about 6am on Monday, denying exit and entry to Copesville residents and taxis.
Protesters then moved to Dr Chota Motala (Old Greytown) Road, which is an alternative route to the area, and also barricaded roads in Copesville itself. Police at the scene used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowd.