Police probing 31 cases linked to eThekwini strike

Police probing 31 cases linked to eThekwini strike

KZN police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi says SAPS resources were stretched to the max during the almost three-week municipal strike. 

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He appealed to disgruntled residents in eThekwini to stop blocking roads and damaging infrastructure. 

Some 20 people were arrested for various offences in connection with community-led protests during the SAMWU-led strike. 

Residents experienced disruptions to their refuse collections and health services at clinics. 

Most community demonstrations were prompted by failures to deliver basic services like water and electricity. 

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KZN SAPS spokesperson Jay Naicker says the police are investigating 31 cases linked to the municipal work stoppage.

"Twenty-five suspects have been arrested and have been released on bail following their court appearances. Police also responded to 30 community protests that arose following the municipal strike, and 20 persons were arrested for various offences.

"The provincial commissioner commended law enforcement officials in eThekwini for their dedication towards keeping communities safe and protecting our infrastructure during this trying period. He has assured communities in eThekwini that deployments will remain in place until the situation returns to normality."

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