Illegal eSikhaleni protesters arrested

Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd

A POLICEMAN was seriously injured and treated in hospital while several residents were arrested during community protest action in eSikhaleni yesterday.

Police were called at Bhambatha Hostel and had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Angry residents toppled municipal skips and blockaded all roads

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A protest was reportedly scheduled by the Golekane Movement for 7am yesterday with the aim of delivering a memorandum to City of uMhlathuze mayor Mdu Mhlongo. The grievances included rate increases and service delivery issues.

During the march, angry residents toppled municipal skips, damaged an electricity box and blockaded roads with stones and burning tyres.

Electricity boxes were damaged during the protest

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According to police, residents made an application with the City council’s legal service on 6 September but the request for the community march was subsequently denied.

 

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