Pinetown hit by service delivery protests

Published Apr 21, 2015


Durban - Residents of Luganda, outside Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, barricaded roads and set fire to a municipal office during a service delivery protest in the area on Tuesday.

Residents were barred from going to work by protesters while no taxis or other vehicles were allowed to enter the township.

Disgruntled resident, Nokuthula Ngidi who spoke to ANA, said that the march was about empty promises allegedly made by the ward councillor.

“He (the councillor) sells RDP houses to outsiders. At night we use the bucket system as we are too scared to use the long drop toilets that pose a health hazard,” said Ngidi.

Another protester, Tutu Nxumalo said they wanted the councillor to answer as to why residents went months without water. “Even when the water truck arrives, only one attempts to service such a huge community,” said Nxumalo.

Police used teargas to disperse the protesters who used big rocks and burning trees to prevent cars from entering the township.

Residents claimed six people were arrested during the protest march with residents retaliating by burning a municipal office.

The councillor could not be reached for comment.


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