10 JUNE 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EThekwini Mayor Condems Blockading Of Roads And Vandalism Of Municipal Property During The Lindelani Protest

EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo immediately rushed to Lindelani Township near KwaMashu this morning, 10/06/2015, amid reports that more than a thousand residents had blockaded roads with burning tyres and boulders.

The irate protesters also surrounded the home of the local Councillor and destroyed a water metre during the protest. The residents’ grievances included the need for more houses to be built and the lack of speed humps in the area. 

Nxumalo vehemently condemned the vandalism of Municipal property and other Municipal assets. He urged members of the Lindelani Community to table their concerns through appropriate channels so that they can be addressed amicably without resorting to violence.

The Mayor also requested that a Task Team be formed which will consist of 10 community members. A meeting is expected to be held on Monday, 15/06/2015 at the Lindelani Community Hall to formally address the community's concerns through constructive dialogue. 

During the meeting the community Task Team team will have the opportunity to table all their grievances and work towards finding a solution together with the Council leadership. 

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za