South Africa 19.5.2016 12:28 pm

Burning tyres and debris block N2

A protest in Umdloti.  Photo: North Coast Courier

A protest in Umdloti. Photo: North Coast Courier

Two lanes of the highway were closed after debris was left by protesters.

KwaZulu-Natal police have warned commuters to proceed with caution along the N2 north of Durban, just before the King Shaka Airport, after Umdloti protesters blocked off two lanes with burning tyres early on Thursday, North Coast Courier reported.

It is not clear at this stage what the protest was about but traffic was severely backed up for some time.

According to police on the scene, the protesters dispersed as soon as the cops arrived. Two lanes have been closed because of the debris from the protest.

The road was at the time of reporting being cleared up.

This was another one in a series of recent protests around the country. Violent protests in Vuwani, Limpopo will cost government R720 million to rebuild schools that were gutted by fire after residents set them alight, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said earlier this month.

Community members in Vuwani kicked off a series of protests in 2015 over Vuwani’s incorporation into the Malamulele municipality.

More than 20 schools were damaged in early May, rendering them useless, The Citizen earlier reported.

Motshekga said in parliament she believed “no amount of legitimate grievance or disaffection warranted the destruction of public or private property”.

At the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, study room and laundry rooms were set on fire by student protesters on May 11, 2016, as they demanded the immediate removal of a private security company, known as Mafoko.

Protesting students have accused security officials of working with criminals who have been stealing students’ most valuable items, such as laptops and cellphones.

 

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