Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
2 minute read
15 Jun 2021
4:24 pm

WATCH: N3 backed up after Harrismith protests heat up 

Nica Richards

According to reports, protesters began throwing rocks on the N3 next to the Bergview Complex, to which police retaliated with rubber bullets. 

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Intense protest action at Intabazwe location in Harrismith which started last month, has reached boiling point and is now affecting traffic on the N3 highway.

N3 Toll Concessions warned motorists to approach the area with “extreme caution”.

Police are monitoring the scene.

According to reports, protesters began throwing rocks on the N3 next to the Bergview Complex, to which police retaliated with rubber bullets. 

Cars and trucks on the N3 are now queuing as a result of the road closure.

However, Harrismith police’s Brigadier Motantsi Makhele assured the road has subsequently been opened after police managed to disperse the angry crowds.

Pleas for Ramaphosa to intervene

Protesters said last month that the Maluti a Phofong municipality had failed them. On Tuesday they renewed their call for President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene

Demonstrators say water, roads, toilets and electricity are all failing and they want to separate from the municipality, but also do not want to fall under QwaQwa, some 47km away. 

Intabazwe community forum chairperson Mbuyiselo Shabalala told GroundUp they had been submitting memorandums to the municipality and inviting government representatives to the village to see the situation for themselves, but no one had ever come to their assistance.

In a previous protest, schools and shops were forced to close.

A 35-year-old truck driver also lost his life after he was pelted with stones by protesters, resulting in him veering off the N5, OFM News reported.

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