Housing, water supply at centre of Mtubatuba protest

Housing, water supply at centre of Mtubatuba protest

Authorities in Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast say they are now aware of the grievances raised by residents who have been protesting near Zamimpilo this week. 

Isabella Lourens

"They say they want water, a clinic, houses, electricity and some access roads," Mayor Velangenkosi Gumede said.

Gumede says residents met with MEC of Community Safety, Mxolisi Kaunda and the MEC of Human Settlements, Ravi Pillay last night to hear their concerns. 

He says they will give the community feedback next Thursday.

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Protests erupted in the community of Mfekaye earlier this week, with reports that residents from neighbouring areas joined in.

Demonstrators then prevented motorists from travelling along the N2 between Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe earlier this week.  Police say the road was barricaded with burning tyres and other debris, while some vehicles were also stoned.

Two trucks were set alight in Zamimpilo and other heavy goods vehicles had their loads looted.

Gumede is urging those travelling in the vicinity to remain cautious.

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