City Mourns A Big Loss As KZN Protesters Ravage The Streets


Up to thirty people have been placed under arrest over the last three days in the KwaZulu-Natal protests over service-delivery. The KZN protesters that hit the streets left the city to shoulder millions of rand worth of damage.

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During the heated protests that engulfed Pietermaritzburg and Durban since Monday, a new R2-million clinic, house and a vehicle were burnt down in the madness.

KZN protesters also set a truck ablaze yesterday in Folweni, south of Durban, leaving three of its occupants seriously injured.

Protests that erupted in Copesville which is a settlement located east of Pietermaritzburg on Monday saw at least 5000 residents causing havoc while blocking the New Greytown Road with burning tyres, stones and metal barriers. Also, Municipal trucks blockaded city intersections causing obstructions and restricted movement.

In the course of the mayhem, two park homes of the local clinic and a house belonging to a councilor were also set on fire.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo expressed regret over the destroyed clinic which was due to open soon as he visited the site of the razed building yesterday.

“I really sympathise with the community for their loss. We were just getting ready to open [the clinic] in the coming week – now it is no more,” said Dhlomo.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane pointed out that most of the KZN protests were related to service delivery and said the police has made several arrests regarding the outcome of the protests.

“A case of attempted murder was opened at Folweni police station and three people were arrested.

“In Copesville, 27 suspects were arrested and charged with public violence,” said Zwane.

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They were arraigned in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and later released with warning until May 24.

Meanwhile, city spokesman Thulani Mbatha said “The situation is under control.”