UPDATED | Protests flare up in Durban over Zuma – Durban Chamber issues warning

Tyres being burned on Umgeni roadPHOTO: Supplied

Tyres being burned on Umgeni roadPHOTO: Provided

A lot of roads in Durban central have been blocked by burning tyres as protests flare up within the metropolis. There are additionally unconfirmed reviews that the R56 close to Foxhill is blocked.

The protests are reportedly as a result of current incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma.

Colonel Thembeka Mbele mentioned on SAfm there have been reviews that the protest have been linked to Jacob Zuma however this was not confirmed.  She mentioned police are monitoring the state of affairs and might be unblocking the roads.

Andreas Mathios, Blue Safety spokesperson, mentioned there are sporadic incidents round Durban of burning tyres and stoning of autos. 

Mathios mentioned protesters have blocked Umgeni Highway (main into Durban) and motorists are being diverted by Metro Police to various routes away from the Alpine space.

“Fires have been set by protesters, who’re additionally now beginning to stone motor autos and Metro Police have gotten their palms full. We asking members of the general public to please keep off Umgeni highway, on each instructions,” he mentioned.

Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, Durban Metro Police spokesperson, informed The Witness there are no less than 5 confirmed protests.

Alpine and Umgeni:

Alpine highway Reverse shell storage.


N2 Between Umhlanga and Sibiya

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Verulam M27 Previous Spar Waterloo

“Metropolice officers are on the scene and are diverting drivers away from the protests,” mentioned Sewpersad.

There have been posters circulating on social media calling for the shutdown of all main roads in KwaZulu-Natal in help of Zuma.

Zuma began his 15-months imprisonment time period on the Estcourt Correctional Centre on Thursday.

There have been additionally reviews of disruptions on the M19 to Springfield.


M19 to Springfield.

Nigel Ward, the president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Business, launched a media assertion warning companies about potential enterprise disruptions on account of protest motion within the space.

Ward mentioned the Chamber has obtained reviews of disruptive teams shutting down companies, ranging from KwaDukuza Municipality to eThekwini Municipality.

“The rationale for this disruptive behaviour is thought and is presently circulating within the media area following the arrest of the previous president,” mentioned Ward.

He mentioned they’re taking the required steps and dealing intently with legislation enforcement to handle the state of affairs.

Ward inspired enterprise homeowners to stay on excessive alert and guarantee danger mitigation measures are in place.

Zuma’s daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambula, was on Friday morning retweeting movies of Zuma protests across the nation.

Simply earlier than 9 am, the M4 freeway was blocked by protesters between Tongaat and Gennazano on the North Coast.

A video taken by a motorist confirmed that each lanes have been obstructed by particles which was then set on hearth, forcing vehicles to seek out various routes.

I-traffic KZN up to date on Twitter that the N2 north certain between Umhlanga and Sibaya has been cleared.

Verulam police spokesperson, Captain Henry Kisten mentioned the disruptions on the M27, previous Waterloo Spar, in Verulam have additionally quietened down.


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