An­gry pro­test­ers block fu­neral pro­ces­sion

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Tham­sanqa Mbo­vane

Res­i­dents of Peace Vil­lage in KwaNobuhle, Uiten­hage, have made good on their threat to dis­rupt fu­neral pro­ces­sions un­til the paving of Si­wani Street is com­plete.

Res­i­dents are protest­ing be­cause the R1.2 mil­lion pro­ject ground to a halt in Oc­to­ber 2019.

Over 400 mourn­ers were stopped from us­ing Matanz­ima Road on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, as about 100 pro­test­ers blocked it with rub­ble. A pall of black smoke hov­ered over the nor­mally busy road, which leads to Matanz­ima Ceme­tery.

This protest tac­tic has worked pre­vi­ously – in 2018 when 20 fam­i­lies wanted RDP houses.

Mourn­ers had to go via Rock­lands Road in Gun­gu­luza.

Pro­test­ers blew whis­tles in a show of force.

“They don’t have ubuntu,” said a mourner at­tend­ing the fu­neral of Ntombi­zodwa Qukubana, the mother of ward 46 ANC coun­cil­lor Lin­delwa Qukubana.

“They [the pro­test­ers] must re­mem­ber they also have fam­i­lies,” said the coun­cil­lor.

Protest leader Them­binkosi Noy­ila said: “There is no turn­ing back and we will protest un­til they pave Si­wani Street.”

MMC for in­fras­truc­ture and engi­neer­ing Andile Lungisa, who was also at­tend­ing Qukubana’s fu­neral, con­demned the disruption. “Peo­ple must use proper chan­nels as we al­ways lis­ten when they com­mu­ni­cate with us … Burn­ing doesn’t help any­one,” he said.

– Re­pub­lished from Groundup

Pic­ture: Tham­sanqa Mbo­vane

NO WAY PAST. The road to Matanz­ima Ceme­tery, Uiten­hage, was blocked by pro­test­ers on Thurs­day.

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