The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa condemned the illegal violent protests at Msinga area yesterday. “Although citizens have a right to protest in a peaceful manner, it is totally unacceptable for a community to embark on such violent protests where property is damaged and lives are endangered. Police who were on the scene to maintain law and order were also attacked also indicating that they have no respect for the rule of law. We appeal to citizens to involve their community leaders to resolve their concerns in a peaceful manner. The SAPS has an obligation in terms of the constitution to take action and arrest those that break the law during protest actions,” he said.
Yesterday a group of protesters blocked all main roads into Msinga with stones and burning tyres. They also damage property and looted shops in Msinga. The protesters were allegedly dissatisfied with the level of service delivery in the area and was demanding answers from the local municipality. Police who were called in to maintain peace and order, were attacked by protestors. Five police vehicles were damaged when protesters hurled stones at police. Police officers arrested 18 persons who were involved in the illegal protests. They were charged with public violence and malicious damage to property. All 18 suspects will appear in the Msinga Magistrates Court later today. The situation is still tense in the area with some of the roads still being blocked with stones and burning tyres. Police are in the area to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of all citizens.