Millions worth of damages during ‘Zuma shutdown’: Zikalala

Millions worth of damages during ‘Zuma shutdown’: Zikalala

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called for calm following several protests in various parts of the province on Friday. 

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"This morning, the province experienced a number of scattered attempts to bring the province to a grinding halt as major roads and highways including the N2 and N3 were targeted," said Zikalala. 

"The M7 which is a strategic cargo transit route to the Port of Durban and other provincial and municipal links were also affected." 

READ: 'Zuma shutdown' leaves KZN commuters stranded

Zikalala said millions of rands’ worth of infrastructure has been damaged and several vehicles stoned.

"Several vehicles were reportedly stoned and millions worth of public infrastructure damaged resulting in many commuters not being able to reach their places of work."

READ: WATCH: Protests close major roads in KZN

The premier says police have developed a security plan to respond to the unrest. 

"It is reported and believed that protest is on the incarceration former president of the Republic, His Excellency comrade Jacob Zuma.

"We understand the extreme anger of the people who are protesting. As a country and province we find ourselves in a very unusual and unique situation wherein we are dealing with the arrest of a former president of the ANC and the country. 

"We are therefore dealing with very challenging times. However we call on those who are protesting to do so through peaceful means and to avoid violence and destruction at all costs."

READ: Police deployed to Nkandla amid Friday's pro-Zuma shutdown

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