Tyres burn in the street where residents have blockaded all routes into the KwaZulu-Natal town of Ladysmith in protest over a R1 increase in taxi fares. Picture: Ladysmith Herald

Durban – All roads into the town of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal were closed off on Saturday morning by commuters apparently angry at a R1 increase in taxi fares.

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the roads into the town were closed by protesters.

She would not comment further, saying that police were in attendance and the matter was one for police to comment on.

Comment was not immediately available from police.

A local resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity said residents were angry at the R1 increase in taxi fares in the city.

The Ladysmith Gazette reported on its website that the communities in Helpmekaar, Peacetown, Driefontein, and Roosboom areas had “erupted into anti taxi price increase protests”.