Four arrested following violent protest on Alpine Road

Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and rubble.

Four people were arrested for public violence following a chaotic protest on Alpine Road, on Tuesday morning.

The protest by Jadhu Place Informal Settlement residents brought peak hour morning traffic to a standstill and delayed motorists, who were on their way to different destinations.

During the service delivery protest, the informal dwellers were demanding houses.

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It is alleged that the disgruntled protesters also set a house on fire during the protest. Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowd.

Local ward councillor, Christopher Pappas said they are worried about the frequency of the increasingly violent protests in the area.

“Wards surrounding the city centre have been most heavily affected with wards 25, 30, 23, 31 and 101 having the most number of protests,” he said.

According to Cllr Pappas, on Monday, September 10, a private house was set alight in a protest about housing at the Jadhu Place Informal Settlement.

“This follows another incident a year ago where a private house was also torched. A number of protests where municipal vehicles have been burnt have taken places in recent months, further hampering service delivery in the area,” said Cllr Pappas.

He added that the underlying cause of the protests is the growing frustration of desperate citizens against the failed promises of the ANC under the leadership of mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede.

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“The mayor has further fueled the communities unhappiness by deliberately excluding the biggest shack dwellers organisation in the city, Abahlali Basemjondolo when signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with four shack dwellers associations at city hall,” he claimed.

He further added that they condone any acts of lawlessness or violence.

Durban Metro Police spokesman, Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, said four were arrested and detained at Mayville SAPS.

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