Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo has condemned the spate of protests that have occurred in Pietermaritzburg over the past days, warning that destruction of public property was derailing plans to bring about development in all parts of KwaZulu-Natal's capital city.
His comments came in the wake of protests in different parts of the city, mainly in communities that live in informal settlements and low cost housing, where residents have taken to the streets demanding among other things RDP houses, better roads, water and electricity.
It all started last week just two days after the elections when angry residents from Tamboville took to the streets and blocked traffic with burning tyres and other objects. The protesters said they had been waiting since 1997 for houses to be delivered and had grown impatient.
On Monday, residents of France Township also blocked key entry points, including the R56 which connects the KZN capital with Richmond, and demanded that they receive answers from Njilo and senior officials. The blockade resulted in traffic build-up in many parts of the city, with people arriving late for work.
The protests in France continued until Tuesday when the mayor briefly met residents and protesters.