Com­mu­nity protests over po­lice sta­tion

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

MFEKAYE com­mu­nity mem­bers near Mtu­batuba brought the N2 to a stand­still re­cently as they burnt and looted trucks in protest over nu­mer­ous is­sues.

Ten­sions started mount­ing ear­lier this month when com­mu­nity mem­bers or­gan­ised a march de­mand­ing a satel­lite po­lice sta­tion promised to them three years ago.

Start­ing at Zikhali Tav­ern, the march­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers then pro­ceeded along the gravel road lead­ing to Emadanyini cross­ing and crossed the N2 to the Mfekaye wa­ter of­fices near Ma­si­bon­isane High School.

There they handed over a me­moran­dum to Mtu­batuba Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor, Cllr Gumede.

Ac­cord­ing to KwaMsane SAPS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Jab­u­lani Mdlet­she, the build­ing of the satel­lite po­lice sta­tion was given out to ten­der three years ago.

A con­crete foun­da­tion was laid but the con­trac­tor left the site un­fin­ished.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers said they need a satel­lite po­lice sta­tion as KwaMsane SAPS is too far from them and is too costly for them to get to.

A week later, com­mu­nity mem­bers protested on the N2 just south of Zamimpilo Mar­ket, start­ing with the loot­ing of two trucks and the burn­ing of two other trucks.

Cap­tain Mdlet­she said one of the trucks had been burnt be­yond recog­ni­tion.

Over the first two days of the protest, the stretch of the N2 was a no-go zone, with pro­test­ers ston­ing ve­hi­cles on both the high­way and al­ter­nate gravel roads.

After two days of protests and clo­sure of the N2 in the Mfekayi/ Zamimpilo vicin­ity, KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda, ad- dressed the com­mu­nity.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, pro­test­ers moved to the R618 Mtu­batuba/Bhoboza vicin­ity of the N2.

At the time of go­ing to print, protests were still on­go­ing.

Mx­olisi Kaunda (KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son ) and Ravi Pil­lay (KZN MEC for Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Pub­lic Works) ad­dress­ing the com­mu­nity of Mfekaye near Mtu­batuba

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