Disgruntled party members have taken to the streets to protest against the ANC councillor candidate lists that will be used at the August 3 polls.
Reports coming in say hundreds of protesters closed down major roads leading into and out of Northern parts of Durban, grounding several activities to a halt on Monday.
Apparently, the bone of contention was the recently published ANC councillor candidate lists which KwaMashu and Newlands residents refused to accept.
According to the KwaMashu residents who were agitating for their rights, their desired nominated candidate was not featured on the list.
KwaZulu-Natal party spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli confirmed that the reason for the protest is the African National Congress’ councillor candidate lists process which raised a lot of eyebrows.
However, he would not say how many wards were affected in the province.
“We are aware that in some communities some of our comrades are still not happy. But I can’t quantify it‚” he said.
The protesters completely blocked the roads with burning barricades while throwing stones at passing vehicles. In the process, a car and truck were set ablaze along North Coast road.
Following the number of protests in the KwaMashu and Newlands areas, motorists were warned by the eThekwini Municipality that Dumisani Makhaye‚ North Coast Road from N2 to Conaught Bridge and Nandi Drive were not accessible.
The council warned on its Facebook page:
“Protesters have blockaded the roads with rocks and burning tyres. Our metro police and law enforcement officials are at the scenes. We urge commuters to be cautious this morning. It is understood that protesters are unhappy with their ward candidate list for the upcoming elections. We will continue to update you.”
eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu said that metro police and police officers had responded and managed to disperse the groups.