18 protesters arrested in Reservoir Hills

18 protesters arrested in Reservoir Hills

A total of 18 people - linked to the destructive M19 protests - have been arrested. 

M19 protests intensifies

The demonstrations by residents on Monday caused the closure of the busy route, from the N2 to Westville.

Various law enforcement agencies remained on the streets throughout the night. 

Ten people were nabbed on public violence charges on Monday afternoon. That number increased overnight when some residents caused disruptions. 

On Tuesday morning, there was another partial closure of the M19, near Reservoir Hills, for a clean up of the heaps of charred debris and other obstacles left behind. 

READ: Reservoir Hills protests: M19 reopens, police on high alert

The removal of illegal electricity connections by eThekwini at the Quarry Road informal settlement appears to have triggered the early morning unrest. 

Residents blockaded the highway near Reservoir Hills with burning tires, stoned and set vehicles light and some looted a liquor store and butchery. 

Durban Metro Police spokesperson, Parboo Sewparsad says officers have intensified their visibility and patrols. 

"There were eight police personnel that were injured and there were six police vehicles that were damaged apart from the private motor vehicles."

The suspects face charges of public violence and will appear in court soon.

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