This protest was motivated by the lack of water supply in the region.Public Order police have been deployed to Umkomaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, to monitor the movements of a group of protesters who, since the wee hours of Wednesday morning, have been disrupting traffic on the N2 highway.Umkomaas strike: Truck petrol-bombed by protestersAs reported by IOL News, disgruntled residents of Magabeni, a township located in Umkomaas, south of Durban, took their frustrations with poor service delivery out on motorists using the N2 highway to connect to Amanzimtoti.According to polce spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, burning tyres and rubble were used to block the highway. Before Public Order police arrived on the scene to confront the protesters, a truck, carrying car parts, was petrol-bombed.
South Divisional Commander of the eThekwini Fire Department, Justin Bateman, told the cited publication that the truck driver was attempting to turn away from the scene of the burning tyres, when hie was hit by a petrol bomb.“The driver and his assistance fled the scene… Once the area was stabilised by the Public Order Police we moved in and extinguished the fire,” Bateman recalled.It is believed that the truck and its cargo suffered extensive damage. Colonel Mbele was able to confirm that the truck driver sustained some injury in the fiery confrontation but was in a stable condition.“The truck driver sustained injuries. He was rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Members are still at the scene to monitor the situation,” Mbele said.
At this time, no leadership from the Magabeni community has come foward to address their disgruntlement. Therefore, the motivation behind the protests is a subject of speculation.However, according to members from the neighbouring Danganya community, this protest was motivated by the lack of water supply in the region.These claims were corroborated by Bob Naidoo, an eThekwini Ward 99 Coincillor, who confirmed that a lack of water supply had a lot to do with why the community vented their frustrations the way they did on Wednesday morning.“For some time now the community of Magabeni have been asking for an improvement to the water supply in the area. Some of the areas do not have a water supply,” Naido revealed.
Public Order police have since managed to clear the rubble and the normal flow of traffic has been restored on the N2 highway.Colonel Mbele confirmed that a case docket of public violence, malicious damage to property and attempted murder has been opened by Umkomaas police. No suspects have been arrested as yet.
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