Durban - Traffic on the N2 near Port Shepstone had to be diverted on Wednesday after disgruntled residents caused havoc during a violent service delivery protest.
Hundreds of people blocked the road with burning tyres and debris demanding “fresh tap water” after water cuts at the weekend.
The upheaval, which started on Monday, culminated on Wednesday in the death of a man believed to be one of the protesters.
“The body of Michael Mathenjwa, 26, was found in an area close to where the protests were taking place. He had no visible injuries. The cause of death is unknown and a post mortem will be conducted. The case is still under investigation,” said police spokesman Jay Naicker.
Police struggled to contain the hostile crowd, which demanded to be addressed by KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu.