Road block­ade or­deal for vis­it­ing campers

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

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.

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