Protests over ‘disrespectful’ ward secretary

Picture: Thobeka Ngema/IOL MOJO

Picture: Thobeka Ngema/IOL MOJO

Published Apr 18, 2016


Durban - Residents in New Germany and surrounding areas woke to protests along Otto Volek Road, Shepstone Road and Dinkelman Road, where protesters were burning tyres and rubble on Monday.

ANC Ward 21 secretary Mfana Qwabe said the protest is “for jobs, food vouchers and a wanted councillor”.

According to SAPS in Pinetown, ratepayers were unhappy with the councillor and service delivery. “For now things have died down, protesters are still there and things could get heated again at any minute.”

Mathews Buthelezi, cChairperson of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) in the area said he had been on scene since 5am Monday morning. However, the protests began at 4am.

According to him, residents are protesting against the Ward 21 secretary who has been disrespectful to the community and at one point had sworn at them.

Authorities are on the scene and one woman has been arrested for public violence while a few were taken to KwaDabeka Clinic for treatment after police resorted to rubber bullets to control the situation.

For now the situation is calm as the protesters are waiting to be addressed by the office of the mayor of eThekwini.


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