MEC intervenes after Amaoti power outage protests turn violent

MEC intervenes after Amaoti power outage protests turn violent

KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC Bheki Ntuli has slammed the actions of the protesters who vandalised a ward councillor's office in Amaoti, north of Durban.

MEC Bheki Ntuli
Facebook: KZN Department of Transport

Residents took to the streets on Friday in a violent demonstration.

They were demanding that their electricity be restored - saying they'd been left in the dark for more than three days.

READ: KZN police probe fatal crash allegedly involving mayor's bodyguard

The office of the ward councillor was set on fire.

MEC Bheki Ntuli has called for calm. He says he's in talks with eThekwini officials about the power situation. 

"I do want to warn everyone unhappy about anything and that person resorting to violence. They are going to face the full might of the law. I have instructed a General to deal with this barbaric act. 

Ntuli adds: "I have engaged with eThekwini Municipality and I requested them to try to respond positively to the call by the community because it is bad that people are staying with out electricity. 

Missed a Newswatch bulletin 2

Show's Stories