Copesville in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal remains a no-go area as protests continue.
While scores of people have been arrested since Monday evening, most entry and exit points into and within the suburb remain barricaded, Public Eye Maritzburg reported.
During protest action yesterday councillor Thandi Ndlovu’s office as well as a clinic were burned down. There have been several reports of injuries sustained during the protest action.
While schools in the area remain shut, fearful pupils decried the action saying it was preventing them from gaining an education that would eventually uplift them.
Mountain Rise Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim confirmed that ward 29 councillor Thandi Ndlovu’s office was gutted by protestors after they did not find her at her home.
“We have opened two cases of public violence and 19 people have now been arrested and five protestors were treated for minor injuries,” said Ebrahim.
Ndlovu, who is not in Pietermaritzburg, has indicated that she will not be returning to the area soon.
Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality condemned the violence, explaining that the municipality had various structures and platforms to engage with community members other than them resorting to violence.
“The municipality has been able to deliver basic services to most communities within our wards; guided by the Integrated Development Plan (IDP),”
The IDP is a five year plan meant to inform communities and residents of capital projects to be undertaken in wards and is drafted in consultation with communities.
“The municipality notes these actions and will be engaging with the community to find viable solutions to the current state we find ourselves in,” said Madonda.
She urged residents to remain calm and to respect the rights of other residents by not preventing them from leaving the suburb to engage in their daily activities.
– Caxton News Service