KZN protesters arrested for blocking N3

Durban - Ten people have been arrested in protests in Mooi River calling for the removal of a KwaZulu-Natal mayor.

The protesters blocked part of the N3 passing Mooi River on Monday , police said.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the 10 were expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

The protesters had been calling for the removal of Mooi Mpofana local municipality Mayor Ntombi Mpangase.

The protests started on Friday, but died down over the weekend. They erupted again on Monday.

"The situation is still tense and police are monitoring the situation," said Zwane.

KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said in a statement the department had sent "a high level rapid response team to the municipality to end the protest action which is blocking traffic on the N3 highway near Mooi River".

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said officially the road was not closed, but that protesters had closed it.

She said a joint command centre had been set up, but that comment needed to be obtained from the police.

The N3 toll concession's marketing manager Andy Visser said: "Our main concern is that of our staff at the [toll] plaza and motorists using the route."

Apart from an unconfirmed report of a car being struck by a stone on Friday, Visser said she had not heard of further incidents affecting motorists.

Most of the problems, including the burning of tyres, were on the Durban-bound lanes near the toll plaza.

The plaza had remained open despite the fact that a number of staff had been unable to get to work because of the protests.

"It hit full swing this morning, but it changes constantly," Visser said of the protest.

Motorists were urged to be careful and, if possible, delay their departure until authorities had restored calm.

No comment could be obtained from the municipality. Their main switchboard number went unanswered.

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Craig Pickering 2014/08/25 09:59:15 PM
My wife and I had our car stoned with rocks thrown from a mob on the side of the N 3 this morning
Jack Thomas 2014/08/25 11:58:22 PM
So easy to cause havoc when things do not go the right way but no where do i see anyone putting in an effort to fix or maintain roads and structures. Burn tires, throw stones at cars and loot shops, dancing and chanting hate speech with no regard towards anyone but themselves. The addiction is spreading and it starts with number 1
Naren Sukhnandan 2014/08/26 09:13:31 AM
They voted ANC, that put in Mayors with no job experience, now they protesting about the choices they made. How stupid is that?
Karen 2014/08/26 01:16:45 PM
Well currently there is another irritating thing going on, people who do not know how to drive and when to stop (this means not right up my ass) so simple solution, I will reverse my car from now on!
Elize Du Plessis Stroebel 2014/08/26 03:55:12 PM
i know of some one that was hit by a brick on friday.....