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

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

KwaZulu-Natal's traffic authorities say they are trying to get to the bottom of Friday's protests in different parts of the province. 

NZ traffic 9 july

Officers have in the meantime been deployed to Nkandla as it’s believed there could be pro-Jacob Zuma demonstrations.

The former president's supporters have been calling for a shutdown following his jailing this week.

READ: Hunger strike at Estcourt Correctional Centre 'misinformation'

Several major routes, including the N3 and N2, were obstructed earlier.

In parts of Durban, a number of roads were barricaded with burning tyres and rocks.

In other instances, trucks have been abandoned on roads while some sugarcane fields have also been set alight.

"We have sent guys to go to and investigate for us. The closure is going to take some time to be cleared on the R24 reason being is that the protesters have flattened the tyres of trucks that are causing the blockage there and I believe they took the keys away,” says the Road Traffic Inspectorate's Zinhle Mali.

READ: Thirteen arrested for KZN protests

KZN police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele says there have also been disruptions is in the King Cetshwayo District.

"There are no reports of any arrests. There has been a deployment of police to the Nkandla area. Within Durban, there are currently only service delivery protests in the Umzinyathi, Nquthu and Ntzuzuma areas."

Mhlathuze Municipality's Mdu Ncalane says protests have disrupted the delivery of services. 

"The services that will be disturbed that are run daily are waste management removal, emergency services, water plumbers as well as electrician services."

READ: WATCH: 'Zuma supporters' close off M4 between Ballito, Umdloti

New Newswatch podcast banner yellow

Show's Stories