Mob barricades roads over electricity

File photo. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

File photo. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

Published Jul 12, 2012


Durban - Protest action erupted near the Durban city centre early on Thursday morning, as a mob of approximately 500 community members took to the streets with stones and burning tyres.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said residents of an informal settlement near the vicinity of Springfield, were protesting the disconnection of electricity by municipal officials. He said the electricity had allegedly been illegally connected.

“Access routes along uMngeni Road, Old North Coast Road and Alpine Road were blocked by the protesters from about 4am. With the help of metro police, the Road Traffic Inspectorate and the SAPS, the situation was normalised by around 9am.

Mdunge said isolated reports of damage to property were being investigated, but at the time of talking to IOL, no such reports of damage could be confirmed.

He said an incident involving a car and a pedestrian, in which the pedestrian was allegedly knocked down and killed, would also be investigated.

“Our reports indicate that this incident (the car accident) was unrelated to the protest action and would be investigated separately.”

Less than a month ago, protests erupted in uMlazi, south of Durban, by the Unemployed People's Movement .

On June, 27, the group tried to occupy the office of a ward councillor in the area.

They claim police shot three of their members using live ammunition. It was a claim strongly refuted by police who accused the group of trying to take the law into their own hands. - IOL

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