Case dropped against PMB fuel protesters

TEN people who were arrested in last week’s ‘Fuel Must Fall’ blockade were released on Thursday morning, with attorney Reshen Pillay from Anand Pillay and Associates citing that there was insufficient evidence for the case to be enrolled, resulting in the case being withdrawn.

Those who participated in the fuel strike, blockaded all major roads in KZN as well as the N3 from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday morning, bringing traffic to a complete standstill.

All involved in the blockade stated that they were demanding that petrol be decreased from R 16.02 to R 10 a litre.

On Wednesday, the Acting Police Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, condemned those involved in the illegal blocking of the N3, saying that they inconvenienced a vast majority of motorists who were not involved in the strike.

“Those who are found blocking our roads will be dealt with immediately.

We will arrest and detain all those who are found gathering illegally. Anyone wanting to voice their frustrations or protest against what they feel is an injustice should do so within the confines of the law,” said Mkhwanazi in a statement released last Wednesday.

Police went on to state that should anyone want to engage in any gatherings that they familiarise themselves with the law in order to avoid any conflict with the police.

“No matter how legitimate your concerns may be, we will not allow you to break the law,” stated Mkhwanazi.