Road blockade ordeal for visiting campers
WHAT should have been a quiet long weekend in the Maphelane section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was anything but, as visitors found themselves blockaded on Thursday and Friday by fallen trees cut down by disgruntled Sokhulu community residents.
The community is complaining about the closure of the mouth at St Lucia, which is resulting in flooding of their vegetable gardens.
This was confirmed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s spokesman Musa Mntambo, who said they are demanding that the mouth is re-opened.
The community felled at least 73 indigenous trees for the barricade, making it impossible for vehicles to travel to reach the coastal resort.
They then started felling trees on the KwaMbonambi side, trapping the vehicles between the fallen trees.
A tree felling company owner, on his way to Maphelane, slowly opened the road and the convoy eventually reached the resort by nightfall on Thursday.
Visitors leaving Maphelane over the weekend were escorted along the beach to St Lucia by Ezemvelo staff.
Approached for comment, Operations Director at iSimangaliso Wetland
Park, Sizo Sibiya, had not responded by the time of going to print.