Police disperse protesting Isipingo residents

Durban – Riot police dispersed a group of protesters from the Dakota shack settlement in Isipingo on Tuesday.

Burning barricades on Ernest Clockie Road in Isipingo. Residents from Dakota shacks behind unrest.  - Source - Twitter

Burning barricades on Ernest Clockie Road in Isipingo. Residents from Dakota shacks behind unrest. – Source – Twitter

Two men were arrested and hauled off in handcuffs after they refused to disperse.

One of the men had spoken to News24 just moments before and had appeared openly defiant in the face of instructions by police to return to his home.

“We are not finished here. We need houses like everyone else and we are not going to stop this thing,” he said.

“We have lots of things to burn inside here and we have no problem with closing the road. They must know that we are not going to stop,” he jeered.

Earlier, Ernest Clockie Road, which flanks the settlement, was blockaded with burning tyres and rubble.

100 people

Public Order Policing Unit officers arrived at the scene after a call for backup, and a police helicopter circled overhead.

“At around 07:00 this morning, about 100 community members from an informal settlement in Isipingo gathered at Ernst Cloete Road in Isipingo,” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

“They closed off the road in a peaceful protest and they were demanding electricity,” said Zwane.

He said the police are monitoring the protesters who burnt tyres in the middle of the road.

“No property was damaged and there have been no injuries. We urge all community members to engage with the municipality about their grievances,” said Zwane.

He said in Marianhill about 1 000 community members also participated in a service delivery protect on Tuesday morning.

“They closed off the roads and they are also burning tyres. It’s peaceful at the moment,” said Zwane.

By: Jeff Wicks and Amanda Khoza, News24

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