Homes, businesses cut off as KZN taxi fare protest continues

Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban - The township of Ezakheni near Ladysmith and an adjacent industrial zone remain gripped by a protest on Tuesday morning, sparked by a R1 increase in taxi fares.

Roads leading to and from the area have been blockaded by angry commuters, who have obstructed the road with burning barricades.

Police continued to monitor the tense situation, which boiled over on Monday when Public Order Policing Unit officers used rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Reports from the area suggested that people are being prevented from leaving the township and going to work. Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the main routes in the area remained closed and that police were keeping a close eye on the situation.
“No arrests have been made,” he said.

On Monday, News24 reported that the roads had been closed after the increase came into effect on Saturday.

Police had deployed a large contingent of riot police as well as members of the Tactical Response Team to the flashpoint.