One of the blockades on the Mangosuthu Highway. Picture: Supplied
One of the blockades on the Mangosuthu Highway. Picture: Supplied

KZN protesters burn tyres and block roads demanding proper housing

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Feb 15, 2021

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Durban - Protesters demanding formal housing burnt rubble in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal on Monday morning.

According to KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, the community of Emhlabeni informal settlement blockaded the Mangosuthu Highway with the rubble.

Protesters burnt tyres. Picture: Supplied

“They are demanding formal houses.”

According to Parbhoo Sewpersad, Metro police spokesperson, there was another protest on the M4 near Merebank.

“When police arrived, all the protesters had fled and a clean up operation ensued. Durban Fire Department was also on scene. The rubble and debris have been removed from the roadways which are now open to traffic.”

Firefighters douse the flames. Picture: Supplied

In a separate incident, in October, more than 600 community members blockaded the M19 and Quarry Road with burning tyres.

Protesters demanded electricity, housing and sanitation. They stoned vehicles and looted alcohol stores and a butchery at a nearby shopping complex.

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