21 April 2015

For immediate release

Mayor James Nxumalo condemns vandalism of property during Luganda protest 

EThekwini Municipality Cllr Mayor James Nxumalo has condemned the vandalism of property including Municipal buildings during a violent service delivery protest that took place in Luganda, near Mariannhill this morning, 21/04/2015.

Nxumalo has tasked law enforcement agencies to hunt down the perpetrators of this unlawful act so that they can face the full might of the law.

“We condemn this act of violence in the strongest term and urge residents to voice their issues without resorting to violence and destruction of property. Police will deal with the criminal matters,” said Nxumalo.​

Protesters blockaded roads and set alight Ward 13 Cllr Mduduzi Gumede’s office. Parts of Cllr Gumede’s house were also set alight during the protest. Police have arrested six people in connection with the incident.

It is alleged that the protesters were demanding answers from the Municipality following concerns raised during a Masakhane Community Outreach meeting held in the Ward last month.

A meeting involving all Municipal Departments to address the issues is planned for Sunday, 26/04/2015 at Luganda Sportsground at 10h00.

Nxumalo added that acts of vandalism taking place in our communities cannot be addressed by the Municipality and police alone. They require vigilance from us as community members and we must not look away when we know that our relatives, neighbours and friends are involved in damaging Council property.

The Municipality urges residents to continue reporting vandalism to the number 080 1313013.

ENDS 

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

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