Ladysmith mayor takes voluntary leave following unrest

Ladysmith mayor takes voluntary leave following unrest

The Mayor of Alfred Duma Municipality has decided to go on voluntary sick leave following weeks on unrest in Ladysmith. 

Vincent Madlala mayor

Protesters have been calling for Vincent Madlala to be removed. 

They are accusing him of abusing his power. They also allege he's involved in the taxi feuds there.

READ: Safety measures in place amid Ladysmith unrest: Official

Premier Sihle Zikalala met with community and business representatives - as well as law enforcement agencies in the area today - to discuss the situation.

The Premier's Office says it was agreed the protests will immediately stop and operations in Ladysmith will return to normal.

Zikalala says a forensic investigation will be launched into the affairs of the municipality - and will focus on allegations of corruption, maladministration and other matters. 

Residents of Jozini, in northern KZN say they fear for their lives as violent protests continue.

Locals have been demonstrating since Sunday - saying they are fed up with ongoing cross-border crimes like car theft. 

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele says the situation hasn't changed.

"The situation at Jozini is still tense, but it is being monitor by the police. There are no protest at the moment. We are told the community is going to have a meeting. 

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