Protest action continue in Jozini and Ladysmith

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Residents in Jozini have vowed to continue with their protest action until crime rates in the area are reduced. 

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Locals have been demonstrating in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town since Sunday - taking stones, branches and rubble to the streets. 

A police van was also torched. Resident, Xavier Maxito says they are fed up with ongoing cross-border crimes like car theft and hijackings. 

"You feel unhappy. You are not protected even if you go and report to the police - they don't come at the same time. You can't even sleep at night, because you always have to open the window and check your car that is it still around on the premises."

Police say they will continue to monitor the area. 

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And, there seems to be no end in sight to the unrest in Ladysmith, with frustrated protesters now turning their anger on property belonging to the Department of Social Development. 

Police in Ezakheni say five government vehicles were torched last night, at the Pieters office. 

It comes days after protesters set alight five trucks and police nabbed 28 people on a charge of public violence. 

Charges of malicious damage to property are now being investigated. 

The demonstrators are demanding the removal of the Alfred Duma Local Municipality Mayor - accusing him of corruption. 

Angry residents walked out of a meeting by uThukela's Municipal mayor yesterday. 

Spokesperson Jabulani Mkhonza says: "We are not sure because we had another meeting that was called by the mayor of the uThukela district. The plant where the treatment works have been shut down by the protesters, so we are trying to resolve that."

"There was some commitment by law enforcement agencies - we will take it from there to see for a way forward."

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